Emergency and Safety

MEDICAL/DENTAL
  1. All signed Medical Emergency Releases will be placed in the Emergency Envelope or backpack near the Fire and Tornado Plan in the center.  
  2. Staff will administer emergency first aid as necessary.   
  3. An Incident Report will be filled out immediately following injury, illness, or incident by staff and a copy given to parents.
  4. The Central Office will be notified as soon as first aid has been administered, when the child has been taken to the physician’s office or hospital, a head injury incident, a bite incident, or evidence of blood.
  5.  In the event of an emergency when immediate medical/dental attention is required, an authorized program employee will call 9-1-1 and an ambulance will take the child to receive the emergency treatment necessary.  In the event the physician/dentist on the Authorization for Medical/Dental Care form cannot be reached, the physician on call at the local hospital/clinic will be seen. Parents will be contacted as quickly as possible by staff in case of an emergency. An authorized program employee will stay with the child until a parent is on site. 
FIRE
  1. REMAIN CALM!
  2. Staff gathers children, and the Emergency Envelope or backpack, and evacuates the building to a designated area.
  3. Arrangements are made for a place to take the children in case of inclement weather. 
  4. Staff will check all rooms to be certain children, staff and volunteers are out of the building. 
  5. Staff will do a roll call to verify that everyone is out.
  6. Staff will call the Fire Department AFTER evacuating the building.
  7. Staff will then notify the Central Office.
  8. Staff will notify all parents.                        
TORNADO
  1. Staff will gather all children, and the Emergency Envelope or backpack, and take to a designated place.
  2. Staff will verify that all individuals have left the classrooms.
  3. Staff will keep all individuals away from doors and windows.
  4. Staff will do a roll call to verify that everyone is present.
  5. Children, staff and volunteers should sit/kneel on the floor, bending head forward until head touches the floor.  Both hands should be locked behind heads for protection. 
  6. All should remain in this position until the danger has passed.
  7. Notify the Central Office as soon as the danger has passed and any first aid, or treatment has been administered.  (Refer to Medical Section for procedures)
  8. Staff will notify the parents.
INTRUDER POLICY

INTRUDER – is an unauthorized person who enters the building/property. Refer to each location regarding their Intruder Policy 

BLIZZARD

During the winter months, the weather will be monitored, and when blizzard-like or other hazardous conditions exist, centers will be canceled prior to the start of class. Should conditions worsen after class has started, the Center Supervisor will determine the safest procedure for all children and parents will be contacted.

Emergency food is always available in the event of such an emergency. 

EARTHQUAKE, FLOOD, STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO BUILDINGS

Follow basic procedures as outlined for “Fire.”

EVACUATION OF BUILDING

WHENEVER IT IS NECESSARY FOR CHILDREN TO EVACUATE THE BUILDING DUE TO FIRE, STRUCTURAL DAMAGE, EARTHQUAKE, TORNADO, FLOOD, TOXIC/CHEMICAL SPILL, ETC., follow basic procedures as outlines for “Fire.” In these situations, staff must adhere to the instructions given by the local authorities; police, fire department, civil defense.  These individuals will assist staff in determining if it is safest to remain in the building, or if the children need to walk to a safe area.

The teacher will designate a staff person to provide assistance to any child who is unable to evacuate on his/her own.  In most instances, this will be a child who has been diagnosed as disabled and one who needs assistance due to physical and/or mental limitation.  However, in an emergency there may be children who become so upset that they, too, need assistance to evacuate.

The staff will do a roll call to be certain everyone has evacuated.

EMERGENCIES INVOLVING UNAUTHORIZED INDIVIDUALS AND INDIVIDUALS WHO APPEAR INTOXICATED/UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS

No child will be released to a parent, or other adult, who appears intoxicated and/or under the influence of drugs.  If assistance is needed, the police or sheriff will be contacted.  The staff will try to contact other individuals indicated on the “Pick-Up Permission” form.  In extreme cases, the Department of Human Services will be contacted to provide care.  The police may also be contacted for the safety of others.

EMERGENCIES INVOLVING ABDUCTED OR LOST CHILDREN

No child will be released to an individual whose name is not on the “Pick-Up Permission” form.  Should an individual attempt to remove a child, the local authorities will be contacted for assistance.

Every effort is made to assure the safety of the children.  Staff will accompany children at all times as they move from one room to another or go in or out of the building.  Staff will conduct routine checks and head counts and complete all required forms to decrease the likelihood that a child will be separated from the group. However, if a child is lost or abducted, staff will immediately call the police, and the child’s parent(s).  The OCSD's central administration office will then be notified. Staff will follow any instructions given by the police.

CENTER SECURITY PLAN
  1. Notify local emergency agencies of our existence, phone number, and address.
  2. Have an emergency radio that is battery operated and AC.
  3. The emergency room physician on call will be our consultant in case of illness of a student during an attack.
  4. One person will be designated as the staff to call for reliable information and to notify emergency services of our needs.
  5. All personnel in the building will be trained, as to procedures to be followed, in the event of a crisis.
  6. Additional emergency supplies will be in a designated area listed on the Center’s Plan.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS KIT
  1. Center Emergency Supply Kits will contain: water, non-perishable food, First Aid Kit and book, pillows and blankets, moisture wipes, flashlight and batteries, glow lights, plastic sheeting, water storage container, work gloves, duct tape, poncho, moist towelettes, respirator mask, AM/FM radio, foil blankets, fleece blankets, emergency radio, and emergency lists.
  2. Each center will have an individual plan based on the facility and occupants.  The plan will be posted along with the other emergency plans.
UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS FOR BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS

Staff follow Universal Precautions for Bloodborne Pathogens.  All staff receive this training annually.  The procedure we follow is available and posted in the main hallway.

WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF:
Chemical Attack

Stay in the building, close all windows and doors securely, turn off furnace and air conditioner.  Do not open any doors for parents until danger has passed.  Parents should be told to call but not come until danger has passed.

Biological Attack

Stay in the building, close all windows and doors securely, turn off furnace and air conditioner.  Do not open any doors for parents until danger has passed.  Parents should be told to call but not come until danger has passed.  School would be suspended until further notice due to the possibility that the “agent” delivered was contagious.

Nuclear Attack

Children would be led to the interior hallways as far away as possible from glass.  Doors to classrooms will be closed.  Children will assume the “duck and cover” position, as in Tornado Drills.  All building systems, especially gas lines, will be shut down to minimize possibility of explosions.

Conventional Weapons (Bombs, etc.)

Children will be led to the interior hallway as far away as possible from glass.  Doors to classrooms will be closed.  Children will assume the “duck and cover” position, as in Tornado Drills.  All building systems, especially gas lines, will be shut down.  If the school is the target, children and staff will evacuate to a predetermined area.  Parents will be allowed to pick up their children at their discretion.

NTAS ALERTS
IMMINENT THREAT ALERT Warns of a credible, specific, and impending terrorist threat against the US.
ELEVATED THREAT ALERT Warns of a credible terrorist threat against the US.
SUNSET PROVISION An individual threat alert is issued for a specific time period and then automatically expires.