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Parent Guide to a School Emergency


What can I do to prepare for a school emergency?    Provide accurate and up to date emergency contact information to your child’s school.

What should I do during a school emergency?    When an emergency occurs that affects the school, a parent can get important information by doing one of the following:

  • Listen for a notification phone call from Clay County schools One-Call system for instruction and information.
  • Visit the Clay County Schools website
  • Tune into local radio and television stations for news alerts.
  • Please do not call or go to the school.

What do I need to know about a school emergency? There are several procedures designed to protect students and staff.  These are practiced during the school year.  Two of the most common are:

  • Evacuation – During an evacuation students are sent to another location to prevent harm/injury due to an emergency inside the building such as a fire. 
  • Lockdown – During a Lockdown, all exterior and interior doors are locked.  No one is allowed to enter or exit the building.  A lockdown takes place if a threat or possible threat is identified inside the school.  If you are notified of a lockdown at the school do not come to the school, stay in a location where you can get further information. Students will not be released until the incident has ended.

What do I do after a school emergency?  Students will be reunited with their families in a process called Reunification.  Once it is safe to release students, parents will be notified to pick up their children.  If the students have been removed from the school facility to an alternate location, the location will be provided to families.  Persons coming to pick up students must bring photo identification (driver’s license) and be listed on the students sign out sheet.

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