Garwood School District

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  • INCLEMENT WEATHER SCHOOL CLOSINGS

    EMERGENCY SCHOOL EVACUATION PROCEDURES 

    TO: Parents/Guardians of Preschool-Grade 8 Students

    FROM: Dr. Quigley, Superintendent

    RE: Emergency Procedures for Garwood Public School District

    The Garwood Board of Education’s Crisis Response Plan is designed as a regulation to Board of Education Policy No. 6114, which is intended to minimize danger should an emergency occur in or near the school. Our main objective is to attend to the health and welfare of your children in the event of a crisis.

    In most emergencies, your children will remain and be cared for at the school they attend. In the rare event of an emergency that prohibits reentry to a school building (such as a broken gas or water main, a fire, or a toxic spill) students will be walked to the following shelter area:

    SHELTER FOR LINCOLN SCHOOL:

    The Westwood

    438 North Avenue

    OR

    St. Anne’s Catholic Church

    325 Second Avenue

    We ask that you follow this procedure if you hear of any school emergency:

    PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE SCHOOL OFFICE.
    We have limited phone lines. These MUST be used to respond to an emergency. If the emergency necessitates relocation of students and staff, you will be informed via the

    Honeywell Instant Alert System.
    PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE SCHOOL UNLESS YOU ARE REQUESTED TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD.
    Any emergency involving your child’s school may mean emergency vehicles and workers must be able to get to the building.

    ACCESS THE SCHOOL CLOSING/DELAYED OPENING HOTLINE.
    Call 789-0331 and press 1445 for information.

    TURN ON YOUR RADIO TO STATION 101.5 FM.
    We will keep NJ Network informed of any major emergency.

    PLEASE KEEP THIS INFORMATION IN AN ACCESSIBLE LOCATION.

    Each school year the Garwood Public Schools conducts emergency drills. Students will be directed by their teachers to take positions in secured sections of their classrooms during a "lock-down" drill. Classroom direction will take place before the day of the actual drill. Additionally, practice building evacuation and school bus evacuation drills will be held. If parents have any questions or concerns, they are encouraged to contact their child’s classroom teacher for further clarification.

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