Posted on April 2, 2018
Spring is a very busy time for us at school. We are getting ready for state testing, end of the year banquets, prom, graduation, etc. At the same time, we have students traveling all around the region competing in a variety of academic and athletic events. However, the spring storms do not stop for our busy schedules. We have developed and practiced procedures for staff and students when severe weather threatens. The letter below was prepared to give families information on our procedures. It is also posted on our website, www.crowellisd.net.
Severe Weather Procedures
Spring brings warmer temperatures, sunshine, flowers, and sometimes severe weather. Regardless the season, our first priority every day is the safety and well-being of our students, your children. We are fully aware of and understand the fear a parent feels when their child is in harm’s way. By sharing some information about our plan and procedures, we hope to lessen the anxiety you feel when severe weather threatens during a school day.
When there is a chance for severe weather, we monitor the situation very closely. We will always be very pro-active in implementing our procedures. We have identified and designated interior rooms in the elementary to shelter students and staff. Specific staff members are assigned to clear all of specific buildings, classrooms, bathrooms, etc. Teachers follow our procedure to account for each student. We also have a method to quickly alert administration if a child is missing or if the teacher needs assistance.
We will not dismiss students or allow students who drive to leave from the time we implement our procedures until it is determined the threat has passed. Should you arrive at school during this time, we will invite you in to shelter with us.
In the event we have to shelter past the normal dismissal time in the afternoon, we will use our Reunification Procedures to ensure each student is safely released to a family member or is placed in the appropriate route vehicle to be taken home. Should we ever have the need to use this procedure, we ask that you be patient with us as it might take a few minutes longer than normal. Again, our procedures put student safety first and allow us to account for each and every one of our students at all times during such an event. Varying from our procedures puts children at risk.
We never underestimate the trust you place in us each day and our responsibility to keep your child safe. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or feedback. We appreciate and need your involvement.
Regardless the season….It’s a GREAT day to be a Wildcat!