In Case of An Emergency

Collins Elementary has adopted an extensive Safety Plan based on an international Incident Command System (www.fema.gov).  All staff have been trained in the implementation of this plan through drills, workshops and periodic staff reviews.

NOTE: Collins’ Safety Plan is a multi-tiered system that can be implemented at many levels, depending on need and assessment of the campus, for both internal and external threats.

 What Parents Can Do to Prepare for an Emergency

Make sure Emergency Forms are complete and up-to-date:

  • Parents/Guardians are required to complete an Emergency form for each student each year. It is critical that the information on the form is complete and up-to-date. The Emergency Form must include at least one person who is authorized (and who consents) to pick up your student in case of an emergency, and who is available for emergency pick-up during school hours.  In case of an emergency, students will be released ONLY to the persons designated on this Form.
  • Parents/Guardians are responsible for ensuring that student and parent information on the Emergency Form is current at all times.  Parents should contact site personnel to make changes or updates.
  • Parents/Guardians should confirm that the school has UPDATED cell phone or other phone number to be used in case of an emergency.
  • Parents/Guardians should make certain that their phone Caller ID will accept calls from the school.
  • Parents/Guardians, who have the option, should become proficient in sending and receiving text messages.
  • Parents/Guardians should sign up for Remind texts/email if possible.

Make sure your student has an Emergency Kit at school.

  • Kits may be purchased through the PTA for $5 at the beginning of the year.
  • Kits must be updated at the start of each new school year.
  • Emergency kits made at home can be sent in after the PTA deadline (see January 5th Howler for suggested items).
  • Unused kits will be given to students at field day.

Make sure your student is familiar with and prepared to follow emergency plans:

Parents/Guardians are asked to share the responsibility for informing students of what to do in case of an emergency, and to direct students to follow all instructions of school personnel.  Students should be aware of who is likely to pick them up in case of an emergency.  

 What Parents Can Expect in an Emergency

The primary responsibility of Collins school staff in an emergency is the safety of all students and staff.  As part of the Incident Command System, Collins Elementary has arranged for rescue, first aid, sanitation, water, and other support, and is prepared to function on its own, under the direction of its Incident Commander.  Our school coordinates with the District Office and local emergency services.

Supervision of Students by School Personnel:

  • All students are required to remain at school, or an alternate safe site, under the supervision of school personnel:
    • Until released to an adult authorized on the Emergency Form; OR
    • Until regular dismissal time, if school personnel determine that release is safe.
  • If students are on their way to school, they should proceed to school and follow the direction of school personnel.
  • If students are on their way home from school, they should continue home.
  • District personnel may relocate students to another site where consolidated care facilities can be provided.  If relocation to secondary or tertiary sites is necessary, parents will be texted/emailed via Remind (if signed up) and information will be posted on the district website.

 Guidance for Parents

  • Do NOT call the school.
  • Do NOT call your student on the cell phone because it could endanger them in case of an intruder.
  • Do NOT automatically rush to the school.
  • Check for Remind text messages and/or the school’s website.
  • If telephone lines are operational, each school will notify parents/guardians via the auto-dialer, at the telephone number provided on the Emergency Form, if students have been evacuated and require pick-up.
  • If picking up students:
    • Follow the signage at the school and enter ONLY at designated entrances.
    • Respect areas cordoned off by yellow “caution” tape and follow directions for alternate routes.  Follow instructions of school personnel.
    • Make sure to bring an ID.  Site Security will be checking to make sure that all adults entering the campus have a legitimate purpose for being there.
    • Do NOT bring dogs or other pets to the school.
    • Plan on the checkout procedure taking time - you may want to bring a cell phone, water, and PATIENCE.

 Emergency Release Area

Designated release area is located on the backside (Bingham Ave.) of Collins near the student pick-up area/parent parking.