Alameda Unified School District Student Safety: Emergency Procedures
AUSD Emergency Procedures
All AUSD schools have uniform emergency procedures for intruder on campus, unsafe situation in the surrounding community, chemical spill, or environmental and natural disasters. All procedures were created in collaboration with local law enforcement and are based upon nationwide best practices. Procedures are kept confidential to the community to protect students and staff. A summary of the procedures is listed below.
(Chemical Spill, environmental disaster)
Practicing Emergency Procedures
AUSD schools practice all emergency procedures with their staff and students several times during every school year. Elementary school sites practice lockdown and a Shelter in Place procedures 2 times per year and 3 times per year at the secondary level. Schools practice fire drill procedures 1 time per month at the elementary level, 4 times per year at the middle school level and 2 times per year at the high school level. On Thursday, Oct. 17 all AUSD schools will participate in an earthquake drill and practice safe procedures to implement during an earthquake. If you would like to observe your child’s school during an emergency drill you may do so by contacting the building principal.
All AUSD schools have a comprehensive emergency plan which assigns staff to key roles such as search and recovery, monitoring students, first aid, communications, etc.
School Resource Officers
The Alameda Police Department has assigned School Resource Police Officers (SRO) to AUSD schools for over 20 years. Currently there is a SRO assigned to Alameda High School and a SRO assigned to Encinal High School. The SRO serves the elementary and middle schools in the feeder zone for each high school. The role of the SRO is to insure student safety and to develop positive relationships with students. The SRO monitors students on campus and attends various school activities and athletic events.
All middle and high school sites have campus supervisors assigned to monitor campus and insure student safety.
Notification System- Share 911
AUSD has implemented a district-wide notification system that allows all staff to be able to immediately alert law enforcement of any unsafe situation such as an intruder on campus. Notification is simultaneously delivered via text message and email to all employees at the reporting school site and to the APD Dispatchers. This allows law enforcement officers to quickly respond to the campus. This system also allows staff to quickly communicate to the entire school to secure the campus and the students with little time lost.
Every school campus in AUSD has a 3-day emergency supply for their student body and staff that is stored in an emergency container located outside of the school building. This supply includes emergency food, water, first aid supplies, flash lights and emergency medications for any student who has an approved medication form on file and has provided the additional emergency medication to the school. If the school is able to safely access the medications stored within the school building those will be utilized as well.
Should there be a situation where we have to conduct a reunification of students with their families, the following process will be followed. Students will be removed from their school site and transported to an alternate location for the purposes of providing a safe and organized reunification when events have occurred that make the school campus an unsafe location such as a natural disaster or critical incident.
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