• Halifax Weather Preparedness Plan

    The Halifax Area School District is providing this information for public view. This information is being shared to give parents and the public a view of intervention strategies by the teachers and the administrative team that are used during the weather emergencies listed below.
     
    Note: Further intervention strategies within our plan provided by the Building and Grounds staff are not listed below.
     

    Tornado – During a Tornado Watch Teacher’s Response

    ____ Teacher will close windows and blinds

    ____ Remind students of tornado drill procedures

    ____ Define the shelter area they may need to move to

    ____ Review “drop and tuck” position facing the wall

    ____ Inform students not to be alarmed if lights go out

    ____ Be prepared to “drop and tuck” under desks in case of tornado without warning

     
    Administrative Response

    • Superintendent will monitor Accuweather reports, keeping building administrators updated
    • Superintendent will notify Supervisor of Building and Ground to be on alert
    • Superintendent will notify school nurse to be on alert
    • Superintendent will notify Communication Coordinator to be on alert
    • Principal will inform staff and students that a tornado watch is in effect
    • Principal will remind staff and students what is expected if a tornado warning is issued
    • Principal will remind teachers in exterior rooms to close windows and blinds

    Tornado – During a Tornado Warning Teacher’s Response

    ____ Evacuate students calmly to designated shelter area

    ____ Take class roster with you

    ____ Leave the classroom door open

    ____ Take roll and account for all students at the shelter

    ____ Keep students calm and quiet

    ____ If given a command to “drop and tuck” ensure all students to face the wall in the disaster position

    ____ If you feel a tornado is imminent, issue the “drop and tuck" command, yourself.

     
    Administrative Response

    • Superintendent will notify all building principals to enact tornado response plan
    • Superintendent will notify Supervisor of Building and Ground to go on alert
    • Maintenance will shut off gas and electricity
    • Custodians will ensure all exterior doors are closed to prevent wind tunnel effect and flying objects
    • Superintendent will notify school nurse to go on alert
    • Superintendent will notify Communication Coordinator to go on alert
    • Principal will enact tornado response plan and relocate students to designated shelter area
    • Principal will issue a command to “drop and tuck” immediately where they are if tornado is reported imminent
    • Principal will invite arriving parents into shelter, but strongly suggest that students not leave school
    Plan for After a Tornado Teacher’s Response

    ____ Take roll immediately following tornado

    ____ Report missing, injured or deceased students to the principal

    ____ Do not leave students, and note any who leave school with parents or on buses

    ____ Try to restore calm

    ____ Assist in any first aid needed in your area

    ____ Await further instruction

    ____ Keep students in sheltered area until it is considered safe to return to class, go home or be released to parents or buses.

     
    Administrative Response

    • Superintendent will immediately report to shelter and affected area
    • Superintendent will instruct nurse and in-house EMT to administer first aid if necessary
    • Principals will notify 911 if needed
    • Principals will keep students in sheltered area until it is considered safe to return to class, go home or be released to parents or buses.
    • Principals will instruct staff to account for all students
    • Principals will contact Superintendent & Communication Coordinator with report of injuries, death, and damage
    • On Superintendents order, principal will enact crisis dismissal procedures
    • Maintenance will assess building damage
    • Maintenance will report damage to principal and to the Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds.
    Earthquake Teacher’s Response

    ____ Have students stay under shelter until shaking stops

    ____ If your classroom is in imminent danger of fire, evacuate classroom immediately

    ____ Try to restore calm

    ____ Extinguish any minor fires

    ____ Take roll and account for all students

    ____ Check students for injuries

    ____ Report all injuries or deaths to principal

    ____ Administer critical first aid yourself – help may be a long time coming

    ____ If an evacuation is ordered, use good judgment whether injured students should be moved, and stay with critically injured students.

    ____ After evacuation, account for all students again

    ____ Keep record of all students who depart with parents or on buses

    ____ Await further instruction

     
    Administrative Response
    • Superintendent will wait for call-in reports from building principals and B &G Supervisor
    • Superintendent will notify Communications Coordinator with information
    • Superintendent will make decisions about dismissal
    • Principal will survey school and classrooms for damage, injuries and/or deaths
    • Principal will, if needed, call 911
    • Principal will instruct staff to administer first-aid until EMS arrives
    • Principal will instruct staff to account for all students
    • Principal will contact Superintendent with report of injuries, deaths, damage
    • Principal will on Superintendent’s order, enact crisis dismissal procedure.
    • School Nurse will administer emergency care to those with greatest injuries
    • School Nurse will administer first aid to minor injuries
    • School Nurse will recruit teachers to administer first aid in their immediate areas
    • School Nurse will, when situation is under control, contact Communications Coordinator with injury/death report.