Unanticipated tragic events can quickly escalate into a school-wide catastrophe if a school district does not deal with events immediately and effectively. Knowing what to do when a crisis occurs can minimize chaos, rumors, and psychological impact of an event on students, parents, and the community. When a disaster strikes, advance planning and practice may ensure a process, not a panic. Therefore, having current procedures and accurate information in crisis protocol, regarding an accident, incident, natural disaster, emergency, or controversial issue is clearly in the best interest of the Allegheny Valley School District. Emergencies can occur at any time and without warning. Careful planning with an emphasis on safety will assist our community in responding appropriately to crises and emergencies.
The goal of the Allegheny Valley School District is to provide and practice the most current and accurate crisis response information, while exhibiting visible leadership in a timely fashion. Without prescribed protocols in place, potentially damaging issues can negatively affect the school district’s long-term image, credibility and public relations.
Parent Information Sessions have been scheduled for Thursday, January 24 at 1:45 and 6:00 p.m. to discuss the District's Emergency Management Plan.
The Emergency Management Committee has set goals for the 2012-2013 school year that include:
1. Complete items for Chapter 10 and distribute to all required groups
2. Continuing with Staff Development for all employee groups
3. Develop an After-Hours Facility Plan for all buildings
4. Update reciprocal agreements with school districts
In addition, the District will continue training and coordination of drills in conjunction with local Emergency Management Groups.
Emergency Management Commitments
The Emergency Management Committee has adopted the following goals as broad statements of trust and responsibility to the employees and students of the school district:
- To better protect the health, safety and welfare of the students, staff, and community in any crisis
- To make every effort to establish and maintain appropriate and effective communication during
- To establish common characteristics and general procedures for responding to a situation.
- To identify and address the immediate needs of a situation in order to resolve any incident.
- To establish a climate conducive to learning.
Information for Parents and the Community
In the event of an emergency situation within the District, information will be provided to parents and members of the community as soon as, and as often, as possible. The District’s will utilize its web site, letters home, phone chains/systems, and other communication vehicles whenever necessary.
This page of the web site will be utilized when the following situations affect the School District:
- Severe Weather Emergencies (not regular delays or cancellations)
- National or World Catastrophic Events
- Medical Situations (such as flu epidemics or pandemics)
- Community Disasters (fires, floods, etc.)
Parents and community members are encouraged to visit this page in the event of a disruption to regular educational services in the District.
The District has put together some information on its safety program and the role that parents should play. The pamphlet is entitled Safety Alert and is available in all offices of the District.