Our Emergency Plan
The Harrisonville School District Emergency Plan is a comprehensive guide developed to protect the lives of students and staff. The district has measures in place to ensure our students' safety before, during, and after a crisis situation. We view a crisis as an incident that directly or indirectly affects a few or all of our students and staff. A crisis can occur before, during or after regular hours. Our plan is designed to be effective in a number of situations.
Tips/Reminders for Parents
1. Please make sure your contact information (home and cell phone numbers) are up-to-date in our Student Information System. You can change that information through Parent Portal. Once you've logged in, go to Family Data or you can contact your school secretary. During an emergency, we will call both home and cell numbers.
2. Please make sure the emergency contacts on file for your student are up-to-date and we would suggest that those emergency contacts be local so that they can respond and pick up your student if necessary. Older siblings that drive may be listed as emergency contacts.
3. We will use SchoolMessenger, the district's automated calling system, Twitter, and the district website to communicate with parents during a crisis.
a. A tip - if you miss part of the SchoolMessenger automated call, you can always press "*" and the message will be played again.
b. You can follow Harrisonville Schools on Twitter - @HvilleSchools
4. In some cases, we may need to evacuate the school. Evacuation sites have been established, but we do not publicize those locations prior to an emergency to maintain student safety. We will inform you the time and place to pick up your child through the district communication channels.
5. During the reunification at the evacuation site, parents will be asked to remain in their cars and proceed through the line. Only parents or those listed as emergency contacts will be allowed to pick up a student. All parents and emergency contacts will be required to provide identification in order to pick up a student.
6. In an emergency, we ask that parents do not come to or call the school. It is important to keep the streets, parking area, and phone lines open for emergency responders and communication. We will provide information to parents through the district communication channels (see #3 above).
7. If your child has a medical condition, please make sure to have two sets of necessary items (medication/testers/etc) available (one with you or at home) in case we cannot re-enter the school to retrieve it.
8. During a lockdown at school, no one will be permitted to enter or leave the building with the exception of district personnel, law enforcement, and first responders. Once it has been determined that the threat has passed (all-clear), the school will resume normal procedures. This also applies to weather-related lockdowns.
The district has established the following in preparation for an emegency:
•A District Emergency Plan & Safety Committee
•Individual Building Plans & Safety Committees
•Partnerships with local law enforcement, fire departments, hospitals, and other agencies who will respond to emergencies within our schools
District and building-level administrators will determine the response in a crisis based on the guidelines in place.
Student and staff safety is the top priority in any situation. The next priority is communication to parents. Communication will be made through the following channels:
•SchoolMessenger Automated Calling/Texting/Emailng System
We ask parents to help us during a crisis, by following these guidelines:
1. Do not call the school. It is important for phone lines to remain open for emergency communication.
2. Using the district communication channels listed above, stay informed.
3. Do not come to the school. It is important to keep the streets and parking area open for emergency responders.
In some cases, we may need to evacuate the school. Evacuation sites have been established, but we do not publicize those locations to maintain student safety. We will inform you the time and place to pick up your child through the district communication channels. All parents will be required to provide identification in order to pick up their student.
Additional proactive safety measures include:
•Security cameras in and around all facilities
•Buzz-in entries at all schools
•Photo ID required for all visitors
•Safety drills which are practiced regularly
•School Resource Officers at HMS & HHS
•Education of students and staff regarding safety
It is our goal to help students and staff return to a normal school routine as quickly as possible.
Following a crisis, the district will:
•Provide on-site counseling as needed
•Continue communication to parents regarding follow-up developments
•Conduct debriefings with staff and responders to evaluate crisis response