SAFETY

HOW SOUTH WHIDBEY SCHOOL DISTRICT HANDLES EMERGENCIES

 I Love You Guys
 South Whidbey School District has emergency protocols in place. Every summer, the district and schools review and update the Emergency Response Plan.  The district adopted the I Love You Guys safety program. Detailed information can be found online and in the SWSD Family Handbook. This program has been implemented by over 25,000 schools, agencies and organizations across the US and Canada. Principal James Swanson is our Safety Director.  Any questions or concerns should be brought to his attention at jswanson@sw.wednet.edu.  A safety committee is in place that includes staff from each building.

Safety Drills
Every month, the South Whidbey schools practice different emergency drills with the students.  These drills are planned by the administration and the safety committee. The drills include lock downs, lock outs, fire, earthquake, evacuation and shelter and more. These drills are reviewed by the administration and the safety committee for future improvement. 

Coordination with Local Agencies
South Whidbey School District is in close contact with the Langley Police, Island County Sheriff and iComm (911 response system).  We have worked together with our drills, our facilities and our plans so that they are familiar with our protocols and we are prepared with theirs. iComm has assured our administration that in the case of an emergency we will be supported with any assistance needed. This includes assisting with reunification  of students with families if and when needed. South Whidbey School District works with the Red Cross and is the host to emergency supplies for the South end. 

Communication with Families              
Each South Whidbey school has a plan for responding to emergencies and for providing information to parents. The success of those efforts will depend on you, however. Here are some things that you can do now that will help should there be an emergency at your child’s school:

UPDATE YOUR CHILD'S EMERGENCY CONTACT INFO - If anything needs to be updated, please contact your child’s school registrar:

K-4: Jennie Franks jfranks@sw.wednet.edu
5-6 and SWA K-6: Megan Robinson mrobinson@sw.wednet.edu
 7-12: Gay Bitts gbitts@sw.wednet.edu

HOW CAN I STAY INFORMED?
Check the front page of the school district website. Check the SWSD App for messages Check your SMS Text messages Check you email that is on file with the school Check your voice messages FlashAlert Messenger: The school district notifies the local news media about schedule changes or cancellations using a service called FlashAlert. You can receive a text message directly from FlashAlert whenever the school district posts a message on that system. Go to FlashAlert for more information. Listen or watch news broadcasts on local TV and radio stations  

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF AN EMERGENCY OCCURS?
 If an emergency occurs, please resist the temptation to call your child’s school or go to school. Do your part to keep the phone lines and nearby streets open for emergency response effort. Parents will be informed through the school district's Parent Notification System (robo call, email, text, push notification, Facebook, Twitter and/or website post). We have recently added a call back number to hear the original voice message sent out.  You can call 1-877-205-5142 to hear the voice robo call sent.

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