St. Francis of Assisi School may close in the event of extreme weather conditions or unforeseen emergencies. Should the principal determine to delay the opening of school or close early, requiring students to be picked up as soon as possible, the school will communicate through the following channels:
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Our goal is 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. We will do everything we can to reunify parents and guardians with their child(ren) as quickly as possible.
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.
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:
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. 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.
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.