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Emergency Management


Q. Does the school system have emergency plans?

A. Yes. The district has comprehensive emergency management plans that follow the suggested guidelines from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Education.

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Q. What is a “Code Red” alert?

A. The “Code Red” alert is issued by the federal government for a given area based upon specific information. Actions taken by schools are based upon state emergency directives by the Governor, and distributed by the NJ Office of Emergency Management.

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Q. In the event of an emergency will I be able to pick up my child from school?

A. The schools are safe places for students to be. However, in the event that you wish to pick up your child early, parents and legal guardians may remove their children from school by signing them out in the main office.

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Q. What happens during a “lock down”?

A. The purpose of a lock down is to quickly secure the building from intruders or danger. Students move to the furthest area away from the door and windows, while the teacher locks the door and turns off the lights. Emergency officials are contacted by school administration immediately through 911 when a lock down is initiated. Schools perform drills yearly.

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Q. Can I enter the building during a “lock down”?

A. No. Only emergency officials will clear the building for re -entry and exit.

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Q. If my child’s school is evacuated where will they go?

A. All school buildings have a primary, secondary and a tertiary evacuation site. In the event of a school evacuation students will be placed at their designated site. Elementary and middle school parents and guardians will be contacted by emergency phone chain to inform them where to go if early dismissal is called. This information will also be posted on the website and television channel 22.

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Q. What if I am detained during an emergency and unable to pick up my child?

A. In the event that families are detained in the city or other sites the schools are prepared to hold students after school hours until connections can be made with family members. All schools have basic food and supplies for this scenario.

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Q. I see police officers around my child’s school. Is there a problem?

A. The police department works very closely with our schools and has assigned extra patrols to monitor the schools during this time of war. This action is a part of our district emergency plan.

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Q. If I have questions about my child’s school emergency plans, to whom do I speak?

A. Your first contact is your building principal/assistant principal. The building administrators will be able to field your questions/concerns or direct you to the Crisis Management Coordinator or Superintendent of Schools for assistance.

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Q. What if my child expresses symptoms of stress because of the war in Iraq?

A. Contact your child’s teacher and school counselor as soon as possible. Additional information on how children react to trauma and stress may be found on your school’s web site and through the school’s counseling department.

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Q. Where can I find information on emergency planning for my family?

A. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides advice on making emergency plans, emergency kits etc. on their web site http://ready.gov. Additional information can be found through the NJ Office of Emergency Management at http://www.state.nj.us/njoem Family Preparedness Guides may also be acquired through your school’s counseling department.

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