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Emergency Preparedness

Closure or Delay of School

St. Francis of Assisi School may close in the event of extreme weather conditions or unforeseen emergencies.  The principal will determine whether to close or delay the opening of school and will be responsible for broadcasting this announcement through the following channels:

 

  •       Seattle-area radio and television stations: KIRO, KOMO, and KING, including the stations’ websites
  •       Francis of Assisi website: www.stfrancisofassisisea.org
  •       Email to parents and guardians through RenWeb
  •       Facebook: St. Francis of Assisi School page and St. Francis Parents Page
  •       A recording on the school phone number (206-243-5690) detailing the delay or school closure.
  •       Text alerts from KING5.com and/or Twitter

 

To sign up for text alerts from KING5:

  • Go to King5.com/about/textalerts
  • Input your mobile phone number and your name under “Sign Up for Text Alerts”
  • Under “Choose Your Alerts”, click on “Closings”, then click on “Private Schools”
  • Scroll down the list until you see Francis of Assis and check the box to the left
  • Click the “Sign Up” button
  • Toward the top of the screen you will get a message that reads as follows:
 

 

 

Natural Disaster

We want to assure you that your child(ren) are kept save in the event of a natural disaster such as a major earthquake, disabling storm or any other emergency situation which might occur during the school day.  Since 1994, we have had an earthquake protocol in place which would keep children comfortable for up to two-to-three days.  This plan involves written procedures for staff, drills and drill reviews, storage of student and staff personal emergency kits and storage of additional equipment in the earthquake “bin” located alongside the kindergarten classrooms. 

 

Please review our Natural Disaster Plan below.

  1. In the event of a major disaster, all students will be kept at school until they can be released to their parents or another designated adult. Please keep your family emergency preparedness card up-to-date, as your child(ren) will be released only to a person whose name is on the card. These are kept in the school office and are accessible to be updated. Inform those whom you have listed on the card of their responsibility in the event of a disaster. Also, inform your child(ren) who you have listed on the card so they know who is authorized to pick them up.
  2. If a disaster should occur, PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL. We will need to keep telephone lines clear for communication with emergency services. We will keep you informed via the school website, Facebook and Twitter.
  3. If you come to the school after a disaster, either to volunteer or to pick up children, please maintain a calm and positive attitude in the presence of the children.

 

Personal Emergency Kits (PEP Kits)

We ask assistance of all parents to provide each child with a personal emergency preparedness kit, also referred to as a PEP Kit, which is described below.  Suggested items for the PEP Kit are available by clicking the link below.

Emergency Messaging Procedure

In the event of a natural disaster or school lock-down, PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL. We will need to keep telephone lines clear for communication with emergency services.  We will keep you informed via the following channels:

  • St. Francis of Assisi website: www.stfrancisofassisisea.org
  • Email to parents and guardians through RenWeb
  • Facebook: St. Francis of Assisi School page and St. Francis Parents Page
 
 

Although children often have their own cell phones, please refrain from calling or texting them because this makes some children anxious or upset and we must have their full attention during these situations.

 

In the case of a school lock-down because of a perceived threat in our neighborhood, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE SCHOOL.  If we have been notified by the local authorities to put this procedure in place, we will NOT allow anyone into or out of the school buildings until given the “all clear” notification by the authorities.

 

What Your Family Should do to Prepare for Emergency Situations

At St. Francis of Assisi School and Parish we are a family.  As family, we want to make sure that you are always safe and prepared for whatever comes our way.  We want to know that you have the information you need to keep yourself and your family safe in all situations.  Below we have provided a link to in-depth information prepared by the Washington State Department of Emergency Management.  It has information about different types of emergency situations that your family should be prepared to face. 

Out-of-Area Contact Information

What can your family do to be prepared for an emergency when you are away from each other? Consider an out-of- area point of contact.  If you are separated from your loved ones when a disaster strikes, you immediately will wonder how and where they are. The stress of the event may make it difficult to remember even routine information like phone numbers.  Because of this, it is recommended that every household member have an our-of-area contact card in a wallet, purse, or backpack at all times.  Below is a link to a pamphlet distributed by the Washington State Emergency Management Division.  It provides information and a sample Out-of-Area Contact Card for your use.