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    LOWELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    CRISIS PLAN

    Full version

    Washington Elementary

    2018-2019

    795 Wilder St.

    Lowell, MA 01851

    978-937-7635

    EMERGENCY PLAN

    2018-2019

    Contents:

    Page 2             Important Note

    Page 3             Be Safe-Keep Safe

    Page 4             Emergency Numbers

    Page 5             Central Office Notification Procedures

    Page 6             Emergency Procedures Initiating and Terminating

    Page 7 & 8      Emergency Procedures/No Heat

    Page 9&10      School Visitor Protocol

    Page 11            Stranger/Intruder Protocol

    Page 12           School Crisis Intervention Tips

    Page 13&14     Critical Incident Response Team

    Page 15           Emergency Procedures: Who & Where

    Page 16           Fire Incident Evacuation Procedure

    Pages 17&18   Evacuation Routes

    Page 19           Fire Incident Response

    Page 20&21    Fire Incident Oral Report/Fire Incident Written Report

    Page 22          Bomb Threat Incident Evacuation Procedure

    Page 23          Bomb Threat Phoned In

    Page 24&25   Bomb Threat Checklist

    Page 26          Bomb Threat Written or Bomb Found

    Page 27          Options-Based Response Procedures

    Page 28          Soft Lock Down Procedure

    Page 29          Evacuation Plan for Disabled

    Page 30&31    Lunchroom Lockdown/Recess Emergency Plan

    Page 32          Evacuation Protocol to Rally Point

    Page 33          Safety Protocol Comparison

    Page 34&35   Medical Emergency General Information/Medical Emergency Wash

    Page 36&37 Child Abduction/Missing Child from Washington

    Page 38          Child Abuse

    Page 39          Operational Crisis

    Page 40          Severe Weather

    Page 41           Floor Plan

    Page 42-45    School Information

    IMPORTANT NOTE: 

    This handbook includes safety protocols to assist administrators and staff to make the most informed decisions in case of an emergency.

    We recognize that no handbook is all inclusive and recommend that you always contact 911 for assistance when you have a safety concern.

    IMPORTANT: Please review with students and post this in all classrooms.

    If You See Something, Say Something

    You are the best person to know your school and community. You know what it looks like when we walk the halls or eat in the cafeteria. You know what should or should not be happening during the day.

    To stay safe and protect ourselves, everyone needs to watch for things that are out of place, actions that are not normal and people who are doing wrong. We rely on each other to stay safe and protect each other and ourselves every day.

    What should you do in the following situations?

    • See a comment on line that does not seem right --SAY SOMETHING
    • See an unknown person walking the halls -- SAY SOMETHNG
    • See a person committing a crime --SAY SOMETHING
    • See or hear of someone being bullied or hurt-- SAY SOMETHING.
    • Hear something that is concerning --SAY SOMETHING
    • See a friend behaving differently --SAY SOMETHING.

    IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING

    TO AN ADMINISTRATOR, TRUSTED ADULT

    TEACHER, STAFF MEMBER, PARENT, SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER

     

    EMERGENCY NUMBERS

    BE SURE TO ALWAYS NOTIFY APPROPRIATE EMERGENCY PERSONNEL

    LOWELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS (refer to Central Office Emergency Notification and Support Procedures)

    Superintendent’s Office                                                                      978-674-4324/978-674-2100

    FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER/TRANSPORTATION              

    Main Number                                                                                                              978-674-4321           

    OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE

    Main Number                                                                                                                         978-674-4328                                    

    HOSPITALS

    Lowell General (Main/Emergency Room)                                            978-937-6000/978-937-6161

    Lowell General Saints Campus (Main/Emergency Room)                   978-458-1411/978-934-8323

    Poison Control Information Center                                                                          1-800-682-9211

    POLICE

    Lowell Police Department (General Information)                                                       978-937-3200

    Resource Officers Main Contact                                                                                 978-479-9590

    FIRE

    Lowell Fire Department (Office of Fire Chief - General Fire Business)                     978-458-4588

    AMBULANCE

    Trinity EMS                                                                                                                978-441-9999

    HEALTH DEPARTMENT

    Director                                                                                                                        978-674-4010

    Nurse Coordinator Health Department                                                                       978-674-1070 

    COURT

    Lowell District Court                                                                                                   978-459-4101

    Lowell Juvenile Court - Probation                                                                             978-441-3160

    Lowell Juvenile Court - Clerk                                                                                      978-441-2630                                   

    DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES (DCF)

    Lowell Area Office                                                                                             978-275-6800/6900

    Child Abuse Hotline (after 5 p.m.)                                                                         1-800-792-5200

    PSYCHIATRIC EMERGENCY SERVICES

    Lahey Health Behavioral Services                                                                                978-455-3397

    CENTRAL OFFICE                                                                                                EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION AND SUPPORT PROCEDURES

    In circumstances when a:

    • police emergency response is requested/required
    • weapon is found
    • building is evacuated (except for fire alarm)
    • fight with an injury occurs
    • gang altercation occurs in or near the school
    • student is arrested
    • ambulance is called to the school
    • student is missing
    • message or letter is being sent home following an emergency
    • critical incident occurs

    Principal or designee contacts central office:

    • When reporting and/or seeking assistance, call the main office at 978-674-4324 and be sure you communicate directly with Jean, Jeannine or Minerva. Continue calling until you reach someone directly. (Send email as a follow-up).
    • When reporting an incident, send “incident report” via email to all three indicating “who, what, where, when and action (s) taken”.

    Minerva Palazzo:               978-674-4324 or 978-674-2100

    Mary Sheehan                    978-674-2034 or 978-674-4326

    Jeannine Durkin:                978-674-4324 or 978-995-9619 (cell) – before/after school hours

    Fred McOsker:                   978-674-2034 or 978-337-0173 (cell) – before/after school hours

    Billie Jo Turner:                 978-674-4325 or 978-4606-9154 (cell) – transportation emergency

    Central office follow-up Salah, Jeannine or Minerva will:

    1. Convey the information to the Central Office Emergency Team via email and/or phone: J. Durkin, F. McOsker, B. Turner, R. Desmond, M. Payne, M. Sheehan, M. Palazzo.
    2. Identify a central office “point person” to be the main contact and the person will, as needed,
      1. provide support, assistance, and coordination of central office resources.
      2. “close the loop” on resolution and/or determine next steps with both the school and central office emergency teams.
      3. gather information that may be needed for media response.
      4. contact the on call CIRT coordinator if it is a critical incident.
      5. prepare a final incident report.

    For incidents involving facilities only (power outage, fire, water main break) call:

    • Ricky Underwood: 978-454-2010 (cell)
    • Elizabeth McLaughlin: 978-674-2016

    Also, call one of the individuals below and send email as a follow-up to both:

    • Minerva Palazzo:             978-974-4324 or 978-674-2100
    • Billie Jo Turner: 978-674-4325 or

    For incidents involving students receiving special education services, call or email:

    • Jennifer McCrystal 978-674-2080 or 603-689-8772 (cell) 

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

    INITIATING AND TERMINATING

    Procedures for Initiating Emergency Situations (or Drills)

    1. Call 911 first.
    2. Make an announcement.
    3. Call the Superintendent’s Office to inform about the emergency at 978-674-4324 or 978-674-2100 (make sure you speak to someone directly).

    Note on Drills: Prior to running a safety drill, call both 911 and the Superintendent’s Office to inform them that a drill is taking place. After the drill is over, call back 911 to inform them that the drill is over.

    Evacuation Procedures for Student Contact Information & Health Records

    In the event of an evacuation of the building, the following items need to be removed:

    Office (School Clerk)

    • Emergency Proced
    • ure Binder
    • Visitor Sign-In
    • Student Dismissal Book
    • Office Go KIt

    Health Office (School Nurse)

    • Medication Binders with Medical Census
    • Travel Bag/Sue Flynn will take outside if Nurse is not in the building
    • Medications (Daily PRN, Epi-pens) 

    Procedures for Terminating Emergency Situations

    1. The Principal, in consultation with the officials on the scene, will determine when the building can be re-entered.
    2. Upon the “All Clear” announcement, students and staff may reenter the building and return to the classroom from which they evacuated. At Washington, Dr. Washington will give the all clear at all times!
    3. Teachers will take attendance and report any discrepancies to the office.
    4. The office will announce the schedule for the remainder of the day.
    5. Contact Superintendent’s Office.
    6. Send a ConnectEd Message or letter to parents/guardians following a drill or emergency.

     

    Emergency Procedures to be followed in the event there is no heat (or other situation) at a school and it is too late to cancel school:

    1. The Superintendent's Office will be informed immediately - - PRINCIPAL WILL BE IN REGULAR COMMUNICATION WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT;
    2. Transportation Office will be contacted;
    3. Students will be transported to designated locations with school materials. After transportation to school cafeteria, decision will be made by the Superintendent as to:
    4. return to school, or
    5. dismissed and sent home.

    The following schools will be sent to designated locations in the event of an emergency:

    School

    Grade

    Student

    Population

    Transport/Walk

    Location

    Bailey

    PreK-4

    479

    Walk

    Daley

    Bartlett Community Partnership

    PreK-8

    458

    Walk

    Stoklosa

    Butler

    5-8

    494

    Transport

    LHS

    Daley

    5-8

    693

    Transport

    LHS

    Greenhalge

    PreK-4

    435

    Transport

    Robinson

    Laura Lee        

    K-8

    40

    Transport

    Leblanc

    Leblanc Therapeutic Day Program

    7-12

    51

    Transport

    LHS

    Lincoln

    PreK-4

    478

    Transport

    Stoklosa

    Lowell High School

    10-12

    2505

    Walk

    Tsongas Arena

    Lowell High McDonough Freshman Academy

    9

    1248

    Walk

    Lowell High School Tsongas Arena

    Lowell Career Academy @ Molloy

    9-12

    60

    Transport

    Cardinal O’Connell

    McAuliffe

    PreK-4

    456

    Walk

    Robinson

    McAvinnue

    PreK-4

    511

    Transport

    Wang

    McHugh Alternative @ Cardinal O’Connell

    5-9

    60

    Transport

    Molloy

    McHugh Alternative @ Riverside (B.R.I.D.G.E.)

    7-8

    50

    Transport

    Leblanc

    Moody

    K-4

    215

    Transport

    Reilly

    Morey

    PreK-4

    463

    Transport

    Daley

    Murkland

    PreK-4

    484

    Transport

    Stoklosa

    Pawt. Memorial

    PreK-4

    478

    Walk

    Wang

    PyneArts        

    PreK-8

    452

    Transport

    Reilly

    Reilly

    K-4

    544

    Walk

    Sullivan

    Robinson

    5-8

    603

    Transport

    LHS

    Rogers STEM Academy

    PreK-1

    90

    Transport

    Lincoln

    Shaughnessy

    PreK-4

    442

    Walk

    Butler

    Stoklosa

    5-8

    608

    Transport

    LHS

    Sullivan

    5-8

    641

    Transport

    LHS

    Wang

    5-8

    648

    Transport

    LHS

    Washington

    PreK-4

    250

    Transport

    Daley 


    1. All schools must have signage at the entrance of the school building indicating all visitors must report to the office.  
    2. Front entrances are video monitored and the clerk asks who it is and who the person is there to see before buzzing the individual into the building (with the exception of LHS as the security desk is positioned in view of the entrance).

    “Welcome to the ________________School.                                                                                      

    Please state your name and who you are here to see.”

    1. The clerk buzzes the individual into the building and directs the individual to report to the office.
    2. Once the visitor has reported to the office, the visitors are to be greeted and welcomed to the school.
    3. The clerk asks the visitor about their purpose for being at the school.
    4. The clerk asks the visitor for a photo ID.

    EXCEPT: School department personnel wearing a valid ID do not need to produce a driver’s license; they should be entered manually into the system.

    1. The clerk verifies the information with ASPEN data if the visitor is seeing a student or staff member to insure the visitor is on the contact list.
    2. Call the destination to inform them of the visitor and provide any other pertinent information as needed.
    3. Scan the ID and enter the destination.
    4. If the visitor does not have a photo ID, the visitor’s information should be entered manually into the system and the person they are at the school to meet must collect them from the office.
    5. Hand the visitor the visitor badge with the paper backing removed so the visitor must put it on before leaving the lobby.
    6. All visitors are escorted to and from the location to which they are going or there is a call made to the location indicating that a visitor is on the way. If a sex offender notice comes up and is valid. DO NOT REACT. Just call for an escort. Inform your principal at your earliest convenience.
    7. Remind the visitors that they must check out with you when they leave the school. Inform visitors that in the case of a school emergency (i.e. fire drill, evacuation, etc.) that their priority is to exit the building and hand their visitor badge to a staff member once safely outside. The staff member will return the badge to the main office and the visitors will be signed out.
    8. Under regular circumstances, upon the visitor’s return to the office, collect the visitor badge and enter the time of departure.
    9. Be sure to shred the visitor badge when it is returned to you in order to insure that they are not reused.
    10. When the visitor exits the office, the clerk watches the monitor to insure that the visitor has left the building.

    Please note: We do not allow former students or current students of other schools to visit.

    When covering at the desk, always check for updates on procedures or special notes regarding specific visitors.

    Substitute Teachers and Volunteer Check-in

    • Daily substitutes and volunteers with a Cori must check in at the main office and be provided a standardized substitute ID.
    • At the end of the day, the substitute teacher or volunteer must return the ID badge. 

    STRANGER/INTRUDER PROTOCOL

     


    Definition of Stranger
    - Anyone in the school building or on school grounds who does not have a Visitor Identification Badge. Please note that a stranger may become an intruder if the individual refuses to cooperate with a staff member’s request to report to the office.

    Stranger Protocol - The staff member who observes someone in the building who is not wearing a Visitor Identification Badge will:

    • Greet the stranger and offer assistance.
    • Ask the stranger to report to the office to sign-in and obtain a Visitor Identification Badge.
    • If the stranger refuses to cooperate, break contact and immediately respond using intruder protocol below. Do not send a student to the office to get an administrator.

    Definition of Intruder - Anyone in the school building or on the school grounds who refuses to cooperate with the Visitor Protocol or appears to pose a potential safety threat.

    Intruder Protocol - The staff member who observes an intruder in the school will:

    • Initiate a soft lockdown by contacting the office.
    • If it can be done safely, monitor the direction the intruder is heading.

    Definition of an Armed Intruder - Anyone in the school building or on the school grounds who is carrying a weapon.

    Armed Intruder Protocol - The staff member who observes an armed intruder in the school will:

    • Initiate Options-Based Response Protocol including police notification and activating Incident Command System if appropriate.

    Important Notice: The Superintendent or designee is responsible for all communication with the public and media in the event of any school emergency. Please do not discuss the situation with the public or release any information to the media.

    SCHOOL CRISIS INTERVENTION TIPS

    School-Based Crisis Team

    • Principal or Designee
    • Guidance Counselor(s)
    • Social Worker(s)
    • School Psychologist
    • School Nurse
    • Teachers
    • Other Selected Staff

    It is recommended that each crisis team establish a crisis packet which includes:

    • Maps of the school (with designated meeting rooms)
    • Prearranged phone tree for all staff (including custodial and food service staff)
    • List of Crisis Team Members and phone numbers (updated quarterly)
    • List of community services
    • Sign-in sheet for Crisis Support Team and/or Outside Professionals
    • Name tags for Crisis Team and/or Outside Professionals
    • Handouts for parents, teachers, and students on grieving

    School-Based Incident Go Kits

    It is recommended that each crisis team create an incident crisis kit that includes the following items:

    • Flashlights
    • Batteries
    • First Aid Kit
    • Kleenex
    • Cell Phone
    • Name Badges, T-Shirts or Hats with Titles of Crisis Team Members
    • Updated Student and Staff Information

    Additional Tips

    • Update student emergency information at least quarterly
    • Update staff list quarterly
    • Identify staff members with special training/background
    • Post emergency phone numbers by all phones with outgoing lines

    It is imperative that all schools have an established and documented emergency evacuation plan for their particular building including rally and reunification sites.

    LOWELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    CRITICAL INCIDENT RESPONSE TEAM (CIRT)

     

     


    The Lowell Public Schools Critical Incident Response Team, herein referred to as CIRT, provides supplemental services to schools within the Lowell District that require additional psychological support in response to a school-related critical incident. The LPS CIRT is composed of currently employed LPS school social workers.

    Definition of a school related critical incident:

    A critical incident is any event that causes one or more individuals to experience a strong emotional reaction that has the potential to interfere with his/her ability to cope effectively. Examples of a critical incident include but are not limited to:

    • Death of a student or faculty member
    • School based violence
    • Environmental or natural disaster
    • Threat or harm against student or faculty
    • Terrorist attack
    • Any critical incident that affects the students and/or school population

    Support Provided:

    • Provide crisis intervention support to students, families, and school personnel in the event of a critical incident that affects the students and school population.
    • Provide resources that enable school officials to access additional resources.
    • Assist and advise in planning of response and management of the emotional impact of school related tragedies.

    Team Structure:

    The CIRT team consists of two coordinators and six response teams. Each response team consists of 6-7 members (see attached team lists).

    CIRT Coordinator Responsibilities:

    • Respond promptly and establish dialogue and assist with school administration.
    • Coordinate response with school and team members.
    • Help guide school administration through morning briefing meeting and end-of-day debriefing meeting.
    • Provide coordinator contact information to school administration.
    • Follow up with school administration as outlined in the end-of-day debriefing meeting in a timely manner.
    • Maintain log of CIRT members who respond to the critical incident as well as list of students/staff seen at the school.
    • Provide all necessary documentation, herein referred to as CIRT After Action Report, to LPS Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Student Services (see attached form)

    Team Member Responsibilities:

    • Respond promptly and meet with CIRT coordinator for incident briefing and assignment.
    • Provide psychological support and crisis intervention to affected students and staff.
    • Maintain log of students/staff seen at the school and provide this to CIRT coordinator at end of day.
    • Inform CIRT coordinator of any student/staff concern that may require further psychological follow up.
    • Participate in end of day debriefing session with school administrators and CIRT coordinator.
    • Participate in team debriefing session within 2 days of response.
    • Follow Massachusetts Mandated Reporting Guidelines.
    • Inform CIRT coordinator if they are unavailable during their call weeks so that back up can be arranged.

    Activation Procedures:

    • The Principal of the affected school activates the CIRT by following the emergency response procedures which includes contacting LPS Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Student Support who will contact the on call CIRT coordinator.
    • The CIRT coordinator contacts the school requesting services to discuss needs and provide contact information.
    • The CIRT coordinator on call contacts the CIRT team that is on call for that week. NOTE* Should multiple schools require assistance then the coordinator shall activate the next scheduled on call team (refer to attached on call schedule).

    Follow up Procedures:

    • CIRT coordinator will discuss a plan for follow-up with school officials prior to leaving the affected school.
    • CIRT coordinator will place a call to school officials the next day after response.
    • CIRT coordinator will complete the After Action Report within one week of response and provide the report to LPS Superintendent and/or Assistant Superintendent of Student Support with a copy to the school.
    • CIRT coordinator on call for the response and the CIRT response team will meet within two days of response to review and debrief the response.

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

    WHO AND WHERE

    Designated In Charge

    In the event that an emergency situation occurs when the principal is not in the building, the following is the order of who is designated to be in charge:

    Title                                                   Name/Position

    Principal                                             Cheryl Cunningham

    First Designee                                     Cate Hugo

    Second Designee                                 Nabeel Zananiri

    Third Designee                                   Susan McCoy

    Crisis Management Team

    Name                                                  Position

    Cheryl Cunningham                            Principal

    Cate Hugo                                           Literacy Specialist

    Nabeel Zananiri                                  PE Teacher

    Pat Crisafulli                                       Nurse

    Corey Donovan                                  CSA Teacher

    Krista Kubick                                      Social Worker (if present)

    Fred Spindler or Mike Runion            Custodians (as needed)

    Building-Based Crisis Unified Command Post

    Inside Building

    1. Main Office
    2. Library/Rm 16

    Outside of Building

    1. School yard – Avery Street side
    2. School yard – South Wilder Street side

    Triage Centers

    1. Nurse’s Office
    2. Library
    3. School yard – Avery Street side

     

    CPR Trained Staff

    Name                                                  Position

    Pat Crisafulli                                       Nurse                                     

    Nabeel Zananiri                                  PE Teacher

    Corey Donovan                                  CSA Teacher

     

    EVACUATION PROCEDURES FOR FIRE INCIDENT

    When the fire alarm sounds:

    1. Give directions and follow last student from classroom.
    2. For a student who is wheelchair bound or on crutches, a staff member must assist them to the designated priority rescue area and remain with them until relieved by security or fire personnel. Make sure the teacher next to you realizes that they are responsible for your class.
    3. Teachers should take pen, attendance records and red, yellow, and green cards.
    4. Turn off lights and close the door.
    5. Evacuate building using exit plan posted in each classroom.
    6. All teachers/staff should familiarize themselves with all possible exits in the event that the designated exit is inaccessible and students need to be directed to another exit.
    7. Take attendance of those present and absent. Hold p appropriate card:

    Green=have all students   Red=do not have all students   Yellow=have addl students

    Overseers:

    Out Front- Cheryl and/or Cate           Out Back- Cate, Nabeel and/or Laura

    We will communicate front to back via cell phone

    1. Remain in assigned areas until advised by principal or designee.
    2. Non-assigned teacher/staff will exit out of closest door and assist in maintaining order and control of student movement.
    3. All staff members are responsible for ensuring a safe evacuation and are responsible for assisting all students leaving the building. Please refer to the list of students with special needs or requiring additional support and provide assistance as needed.
    4. Do not return to the building until directed to do so by the principal, designee or other official.
    5. If evacuation lasts for an extended period of time, instruction to move to Rally Point will be given. A decision will be made whether to return to school or move students to the reunification point.

    Note: Remind students that if they are in transit or in bathroom that they should to go out the nearest door and seek the assistance of the nearest adult.

    FIRE INCIDENT EVACUATION ROUTES

    Room

    Teacher

    Primary Exit

    Secondary Exit

    Lunchroom

     

    Exit the room to the left and walk out the back door to the fence.

    Exit to the right and go up the stairs. Exit the Wilder St. door and turn right continue down sidewalk.

    Gym

    Zananiri

    Exit out the back door and walk to the fence.

     

    Go out through art Room.

    Art

    MacPhail

    Exit out back door in Art Room and walk to fence

     

    Exit out back door near Music Room

    Music

    Katz

    Exit out the back door and walk to the fence

    Exit to the left of the classroom and walk up the stairs on the left side. Exit by the Avery St. Door and walk to the fence near the back of the building

    Room #1

    Burns

    Exit by the front door. Stay to the left. Walk down the sidewalk to the left to Avery St.

     

    Use fire escape by room 3 and proceed to the fence in the back of the building

    Room #2

    McCoy

    Exit by the stairway to the right, out Avery St. door, Stay to the right on the stairs and walk to the back fence.

    Exit by the fire escape near room 3, walk to the back fence.

    Room #3

    Cahill

    Exit by the stairway on the Avery St. side of the building. Stay to the right on the stairs. Walk to the fence of Avery side.

    Exit by the fire escape next to the room. Walk to the back fence.

     

    Room #4

    Plunkett

    Exit classroom, use stairwell on the right, exit out Portable Classroom door. Stay on the right of the stairs and turn right onto Wilder St. and walk down sidewalk. toward Midland.

    Exit by the fire escape and walk to the back fence.

     

    Room #5

    Brady

    Exit by the stairwell to the left of the classroom. Stay on the left and exit by the Wilder St. door.   Walk to the right toward Midland St

    Exit by the front door, stay to the right on the stairs and walk to the right toward Midland St.

     

    Room #6

    Quirbach

    Exit by the front door. Stay to the right on the stairs and turn left. Walk down Wilder St. toward Avery

    Exit by the stairs to the left of the classroom. Exit by the Wilder St. door and walk down Wilder St. toward Midland St.

    1st Floor

    Offices

    Exit by the front door and turn left, walk to Avery St.

    Exit by the Avery St. door and walk to the back fence.

     

     

    1st Floor

    Sped Office

    Exit office, turn left and exit door near portable classrooms

    Exit office, turn right and exit out front door

     

     

    Room

    Teacher

    Primary Exit

    Secondary Exit

    Room #7

     

    Library

     

     

    Hogan

     

    Comtois

     

    Exit building via Avery St. stairs. Stay on the right side of the stairs and exit. Walk to the back fence and line up.

    Exit by the fire escape near room 8. Walk to the back fence.

    Room #8

    &

    Sped Office

    Deshler

     

    Parrington

    Exit by the fire escape to the right of the classroom. Keep to the right on the fire escape. Walk to the back fence.

     

    Exit by the stairs to the left of the classroom, Avery St. stairs. Stay to the left on the stairs. Walk to the back fence.

    Room #9

    &

    Sped Office

    Rm. 15

    Sgouros

     

    Reidt

    Hugo

    Hurley

    Exit by the fire escape in Ms. Reidt’s room. Walk to the back of the school and line up at the fence.

    Exit by the Midland St. stairwell and through the doors outside of the portable classrooms.   Go right down Wilder St. toward Midland St.

     

    Room #10

    Avelino

    Exit by the fire escape in Ms. Reidt’s room. Walk to the back of the school and line up at the fence.

    Exit by the Midland St. stairwell and through the doors outside of the portable classrooms.   Go right down Wilder St. toward Midland St.

     

    Room #13

    Bowlby

    Exit to the right and go down the stairs on the Avery St. Side. Stay to the right on the stairs. Walk to the back fence.

     

    Exit to the left, head down stairs and exit through Portable door.

     

    Room #14

    Donovan

    Exit to the left, head down stairs and exit through Portable door.

     

    Exit to the right and go down the stairs on the Avery St. Side. Stay to the right on the stairs. Walk to the back fence.

     

    Room #17

    Fallon

    Exit through Rm 17. Walk to the back fence

    Exit by the door on the Wilder St. side Stay to the right. At the Wilder St. sidewalk go to the right and proceed to Midland St

     

    Room # 18

    Morehouse

    Exit through Rm 17. Walk to the back fence

    Exit by the door on the Wilder St. side Stay to the right. At the Wilder St. sidewalk go to the right and proceed to Midland St

     


    FIRE INCIDENT RESPONSE

    The person who discovers or observes a SMALL CONFINED FIRE will:

    • Attempt to extinguish the small contained fire ONLY if manageable while calling for someone to notify the principal.      
    • Warn other nearby occupants.
    • Leave the immediate vicinity of the fire.
    • Remember to immediately call 911 and evacuate the building even if the fire appears to be extinguished.

    In the event of an ACTIVE FIRE:

    • Do not attempt to extinguish an active fire.
    • Pull the nearest fire alarm Pull Station to activate building alarm.
    • Call 911 with the key information about the fire including:
    • Location at the school
    • Enclose or open area
    • Proximity to other ignitable materials
    • Type/Description of material (s) involved
    • Presence of smoke or flames
    • Confine fire by closing the door to the area involved. Shut off HVAC and natural gas and close exterior windows. Leave lights on.
    • Reference and Implement evacuation plan.       Teachers keep class list and go to designated areas.
    • Call the Superintendent’s Office.
    • Log all activities and decisions.
    • Follow instructions of police and fire departments.
    • Assist emergency personnel in locating and assisting injured persons.

    Consider these actions for a prolonged incident:

    • Maintain a list of hospitalized persons and locations.
    • Convene Crisis Management Team and set up Incident Command Post with communication capability.
    • Keep students and staff away from building until area is declared safe.
    • If building cannot be reentered, relocate students to rally point.
    • When safe, follow instructions of fire department for building reentry.
    • Determine location for temporary classrooms and supplies.
    • Prepare incident report for the Superintendent of Schools.
    • Debrief with Crisis teams and staff.
    • Continue interaction with local and area counselors until trauma is resolved and school is returned to normal functioning.

    FIRE INCIDENT—ORAL REPORT


    Under Chapter 148, Section 2A of the Massachusetts General Laws, it is the responsibility of the principal to “report any incident involving the unauthorized ignition of any fire” within their school or grounds to the local fire department.

    In the event of a small or confined fire that has been extinguished and there is no threat:

     

    CALL 911 and tell the dispatcher: “Hello, I’m ___________________________________

     

    I am calling from the ___________________ School

     

    There has been an act of fire at our school but it has been extinguished.

     

    Please report this incident to the Deputy Fire Chief and send a fire truck without sirens to investigate.”

     

    The Deputy Fire Chief and one (1) fire apparatus will report to the school – WITHOUT SIRENS - to investigate the fire.

     

    It is the responsibility of the principal or their designee to submit a report to the fire department within 24 hours.

     

     

    In the event of an unauthorized ignition of any fire within the school building or on the school grounds with students:

     

    CALL 911 and tell the dispatcher: “Hello, I’m ____________________________________

     

    I am calling from the ____________________________________ School.

     

    There is no fire but we had an unauthorized ignition. Please notify the Deputy Fire Chief that we will submit a report within 24 hours.”

     

    The Deputy Fire Chief will send a representative to investigate and document the facts.

     

    It is the responsibility of the principal or their designee to submit a report to the fire department within 24 hours – please fax to (978) 459-5558.

     


    FIRE INCIDENT—WRITTEN REPORT

    School Report of Any Fire to the Lowell Fire Department

    M.G.L. C 148, Section 2A. “The principal of any public or private school that provides instruction to pupils in any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, shall immediately report any incident involving the unauthorized ignition of any fire within the school building or on school grounds to the local fire department. The principal shall submit a written report of the incident to the head of the fire department within 24 hours on a form furnished by the department of fire services. The report shall be filed without regard to the extent of the fire or whether there was a response by the fire department. The head of the fire department shall report such incident to the marshal in accordance with section 2.” If the principal is not available, his or her designee should immediately call the fire department.

     

    This form is part of the mandatory reporting requirement under M.G.L. Chapter 71, Section 37L. 

    Remember to immediately call 911 and evacuate the building for any fire even if it appears to be extinguished.

    Date: _________________________________________________________________________

    Name of School: ________________________________________________________________

    Name of School District: __________________________________________________________

    City/Town: _____________________________________________________________________

    Name of Reporting Person: ________________________________________________________

    (principal or designee)

    Signature of Reporting Person: _____________________________________________________

    Telephone # of Reporting Person: ___________________________________________________

    Date & Time of Fire (if known): ____________________________________________________

    Date & Time Fire Discovered: ______________________________________________________

    (if different than when it occurred)

    Who Discovered the Fire? _____________________________________________

    (e.g. teacher, custodian, students, etc.)

    Location of Fire: Inside Outside

    More Specific Location: ______________________________________________

    (e.g. floor and function such as “in a trash container in the 2nd floor boys’ lavatory”)

     

    EVACUATION PROCEDURE FOR BOMB THREAT INCIDENT

    In the event of a bomb threat, the following code will be announced over the intercom before the fire alarm is activated:

    “If the Superintendent is in the building, please come to the main office.”

    Follow communications over the intercom—protocol may change based on the situation.

    When the alarm sounds:

    1. Teachers should take pen, attendance records, grade book, and evacuation plan.
    2. For a student who is wheelchair bound or on crutches, a staff member must assist them to the designated priority rescue area and remain with them until relieved by security or fire personnel.       Make sure the teacher next to you realizes that they are responsible for your class.
    3. Students should take their belongings only and move to assigned or designated areas as directed.
    4. Leave the classroom in its current condition—Leave doors open, do not change position of light switch.
    5. Teachers should check/search area for suspicious objects as you move. If there is a suspicious object, do not move or touch it, report its location to the closest administrator, police or fire personnel.
    6. Evacuate the building using the exit plan posted in each classroom.
    7. Take attendance of those present and absent.
    8. Remain in assigned areas until advised by principal or designee.
    9. Use of cell phones is NOT allowed—phones must be shut off.
    10. Non-assigned teacher/staff will exit out of closest door and assist in maintaining order and control of student movement.
    11. All staff members are responsible for ensuring a safe evacuation and are responsible for assisting all students leaving the building. Please refer to the list of students with special needs or requiring additional support and provide assistance as needed.
    12. Do not return to the building until directed to do so by the principal or other official.
    13. If evacuation will last for an extended period of time, instruction to move to Rally Point will be given.       A decision will be made whether to return to school or move students to the reunification point.


    PROCEDURE FOR BOMB THREAT PHONED IN

     

    Bomb Threat Over the Phone

    When a threatening phone call is received, attempt to learn as much information as possible—use the forms on the next two pages to gather the necessary information.

    • Do not hang up on phone threats; get as much information as possible by using the Bomb Threat Checklist.
    • Do not try to transfer the call, the caller may hang up. 

    After receiving the call:

    ·     Hang up and (if you do not have caller ID):

    ·     Pick up right away, dial *57. Confirm trace: 1-800-518-5507 (Verizon Unlawful Call Center)

     

     

    Upon completing the call and activating a trace, immediately notify the Principal.

    • The Principal will notify the Superintendent that a bomb threat has been received. The Principal or designated personnel shall call 911 to notify Police and Fire officials and contact Sgt. Peaslee at 978-479-9590.
    • The Principal, in consultation with public safety officials, will determine if the evacuation of the school is warranted.       The Principal will announce the evacuation of the school building.
    • Keep the Superintendent’s Office informed as events unfold.


    BOMB THREAT CHECKLIST - PART I

    • Do not hang up on phone threats; get as much information as possible.
    • It is essential to get the exact wording of the threat.
    • Check Caller ID or Trace Number: Dial *57 and confirm trace with              

       Verizon at 1-800-518-5507.

    Questions to Ask:

    1.     When is bomb going to explode?

     

     

     

    2.     Where is it right now?

     

     

     

    3.     What does it look like?

     

     

     

    4.     What kind of bomb is it?

     

     

     

    5.     What will cause it to explode?

     

     

     

    6.     Did you place the bomb?

     

     

     

    7.     Why?

     

     

     

    8.     What is your address?

     

     

     

    9.     What is your name?

     

     

     


    TELEPHONE BOMB THREAT CHECKLIST - PART II

    Caller Information

    Male or Female?

     

    Any Accent?

     

     

    Approximate Age?

     

     

    Number at which call is received?

     

     

    Date, Time and Length of call?

     

     

     

    Caller’s voice:

     

    Calm

     

    Nasal

     

    Angry

     

    Excited

     

    Stutter

     

    Lisp

     

    Raspy

     

    Rapid

     

    Slow

     

    Deep

     

    Soft

     

    Ragged

     

    Loud

     

    Clearing Throat

     

    Laughter

     

    Deep Breathing

     

    Crying

     

    Cracking Voice

     

    Normal

     

    Disguised

     

    Distinct

     
    Accent

     

    Slurred

     

    Familiar

     

    BACKGROUND SOUNDS:

     

    Street Noises

     

    Factory Machinery

     

    Crockery

     

    Animal Noises

     

    Voices

     

    Clear

     

    PA System

     

    Static

     

    Music

     

    Local

     

    House Noises

     

    Booth

     

    Motor

     

    Office Machinery

     

     

     

    THREAT LANGUAGE:

     

    Well Spoken (Educated)

     

     

    Incoherent

     

    Foul

     

    Message Read by Threat Maker

     

    Taped

     

    Irrational

     


    REMARKS:

     

     

     

     

     

     


    BOMB THREAT WRITTEN/BOMB FOUND

    NOTICE OF A WRITTEN BOMB THREAT

    • Call 911 and Sgt. Peaslee at 978-479-9590. Notify superintendent’s office at 978-674-4324.
    • Principal makes decision whether to evacuate building in consultation with public safety officials.
    • Notify transportation if site evacuation may be needed or in case of inclement weather.
    • Assemble Crisis Management Team and inform of situation.
    • Begin a survey of building and grounds by Administrators, Crisis Management Team and staff for suspicious items or packages and report back to the Main Office.

     

    IF BOMB / OR PACKAGE IS FOUND

    In the event that a bomb or suspicious package is found, the finder must complete the following steps:

    • Do not remove or disturb the bomb or package. 
    • Alert the Principal’s office of a possible bomb and its location in the building. 
    • Secure the area.
    • Determine if the building should be evacuated; evacuate in stages starting with rooms nearest device.
    • Do not handle device, do not use a two-way radio, do not attempt to dismantle device, do not use pagers and do not turn lights on/off.
    • Notify superintendent.
    • Re-enter building only after advised to do so by police.
    • Prepare incident report for the Superintendent of Schools.
    • Debrief with Crisis Management Team and Staff.

     

    OPTIONS BASED RESPONSE

     

    Alert/Inform—Evacuate—Lockdown—Barricade—Counter

     

    In the event of a threat of violence from an armed intruder, follow these procedures:

     

    1. CALL 911.
    2. Alert the school community using the intercom or any other means available:

     

     

    “Attention Staff and Students—Lockdown, Lockdown.  

     

    There is [WHO] with [WHAT] in [WHERE] heading towards [WHERE] wearing [WHAT]

     

    Repeat at least twice and provide continuous updates

     

     

    1. Check your surroundings including the hall for students (if you are near a bathroom and it is safe to do so, check the bathroom for students).
    2. Consider options: EVACUATE, LOCKDOWN, BARRICADE, COUNTER.
    3. Your choice of options will be dependent on the location of the threat.
    4. If you determine that the threat is not nearby, consider Evacuation.
    5. If you choose to lockdown and barricade:
      • Lock doors and cover any door windows.
      • Barricade the doors with all available furniture or equipment.
      • Turn off all lights and pull down window shades.
      • Move away from glass and doors, hide behind whatever is available.
      • Remain quiet and prepare to counter if necessary.
    6. Continue to make decisions based on the communications given over the school intercom.
    7. Take attendance of those present and absent.
    8. Do not call office for general information--call only if you have vital information.
    9. Non-assigned staff should take shelter in closest secure location.
    10. If you evacuate, you should take your essential items as designated in plan and make your way to the Rally Point, Lowell Catholic High School, take attendance, and be prepared for a long wait.

     

    SOFT LOCKDOWN PROCEDURE

    Hold–Lock-Secure

    In the event of a dangerous incident occurring in the neighborhood or unknown (unarmed) intruder(s) entering the building the following code will be announced over the intercom: 

    Activate the SOFT LOCKDOWN Procedure.”

    Repeat at least twice—follow-up with information as to reason for lockdown 

    1. Office Staff should call 911 (if deemed a police matter) and Superintendent’s Office at  978-674-4324 or 978-674-2100. (Be sure to speak to someone directly and send an email as follow-up).
    2. Check your surroundings including the hall for students (if you are near a bathroom and it is safe to do so, check the bathroom for students) Teachers that have students from hallway may alert office.
    3. Close and lock classroom door, and place black insert in door window.
    4. Follow the communications given over the school intercom.
    5. DO NOT EVACUATE if the fire alarm is activated unless ordered to do so by the school admin or safety personnel.
    6. Take attendance of those present and absent, then continue with class lessons.
    7. Pull down shades if on the first or ground floor.
    8. Release no one unless ordered by the Principal or designee.
    9. No restroom breaks.
    10. No use of television, computers, radio, or cell phones unless to convey vital information
    11. Do not call the office for general information.
    12. Call the office only if you have vital information to relay.
    13. Non-assigned staff should take shelter in closest secure location.
    14. Be prepared to remain in “LOCKDOWN” for an extended period of time.
    15. If the Principal or designee orders an evacuation, follow the fire alarm guidelines.

    Only follow command for evacuation or end of lockdown if Dr. Washington orders it!!!

    Note: Remind students that if they are in transit, they should go in the nearest classroom or if in bathroom, they should go to the nearest known adult and seek assistance.

    EVACUATION PROTOCOL FOR DISABLED STUDENTS/STAFF

    When the fire alarm system is activated, all non-disabled faculty/staff and students must evacuate the building immediately.

    Responsibility of All Faculty and Staff 

    • Ensure that all non-disabled students exit the building and close doors and windows wherever possible (unless it is a bomb threat).
    • Check all common areas to ensure that all individuals have complied with the evacuation requirement.
    • Assist in moving disabled students to the “priority rescue area” and remain with them until relieved by fire personnel or security.
    • Inform fire/security personnel of the location of any disabled individual in the priority rescue area.

    Responsibility of Classroom Teacher with Student Unable to Evacuate

    In the event of a fire alarm, the following procedure will be used to evacuate any handicapped student who cannot exit the building:

    • The classroom teacher will escort the student to the Priority Rescue Area. The teacher will remain with the student until relieved by security or fire personnel or other designated personnel.
    • If the Priority Rescue Area is not accessible, the student is to be moved to a predetermined secondary rescue area.

    At this point in time, Washington does not have any disabled staff or students, so the typical evacuation plan should be followed. 

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    1. Tables #1, 2, and 6 will stand, leave things on table, and file two by two out Exit #1 and exit out back door to parking area and will walk to playground.
    2. Tables #3, 4, and 5 will stand, leave things on table, and file two by two to Exit #2 and will feed into line to exit out back door to parking area and will walk to playground.

    In the event of a Soft Lockdown at lunch, doors in lunchroom should be closed, shades closed, and students should continue eating. No one leaves the room.

    *In the event of an Options-Based Response, shades should be closed, and students should go under the tables or evacuate depending on situation.

    Outdoor Recess Evacuation Plan

    In the event of an emergency in the neighborhood or immediate

    vicinity, Mr. Z. will blow his whistle three times (3) and hold up

    three (3) fingers. This is the signal for all students to immediately stop what they are doing, move immediately to the door near music room, enter the building, and walk quickly into the music room.

    Note- students should not stop to put playground

           materials away!

     

    *New- Only follow orders for departure from Music Room if Dr.  

           Washington orders it!!!

     

    1, 2, 3

    In the event of a need to leave the school grounds, all staff members should lead students to Lowell Catholic High School.

    EVACUATION PROTOCOL

    In the event that an evacuation is deemed necessary, staff member should lead students out the closest door, which will vary depending on the threat posed, the location of the intruder, or the specific crisis at hand. Staff should lead students to our Rally Point, Lowell Catholic High School Gymnasium, in the safest way possible.

    Lowell Catholic Contact: Maryellen Demarco 978-452-1794

    Once there, staff should be prepared to stay for an extended period of time.

    Principal or designee will stay in contact with Central Administration, Police, and District Crisis Team and will communicate next steps as they unfold

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    Connect Ed Emergency Information:

     

    SAFETY PROTOCOL COMPARISON 

    FIRE VS BOMB THREAT

    Action

    Fire Incident

    Bomb Threat

    Code used:

    “If the Superintendent is in the building, please come to the main office.”

     

    No

    Yes

     

    Turn off lights and close the doors and windows.

     

     

    Yes

    No

     

    Search the area for anything suspicious, leave doors open, do not touch the light switch.

     

    No

    Yes

     

    SOFT LOCKDOWN VS OPTIONS-BASED RESPONSE

    Action

    Soft Lockdown

    Options Based

     

    Check the surroundings including the hall for students.

     

    Yes

    Yes

     

    Lock doors and continue to teach.

     

     

    Yes

    No

     

    Consider your options based on information provided and make a decision: evacuate, lockdown, barricade, counter.

    No

    Yes

     

    MEDICAL EMERGENCY

    Medical Emergency/Accident

    • Call 911 to request emergency medical assistance.

    ·      Call school nurse to site.

    • Notify Superintendent and counselors.
    • Clear students and staff from area.
    • Students and staff will remain in classrooms, if warranted.
    • Convene Crisis Management Team, if necessary.
    • Log activities and decisions.
    • Determine method to inform parents, classmates, and community of incident and expected child reactions.
    • Ensure the family of the injured party is notified through pre-established method. Alert counselors and nurse at school in which siblings are enrolled.
    • Inform staff and student body.
    • Permit students to leave only with parental permission.
    • Debrief crisis teams and faculty and if necessary:
      • Prepare incident/accident report for Superintendent of Schools.
      • Provide counseling individually or in groups.
      • Make home visits with counselors or crisis team members.
      • Hold faculty meeting as soon as possible to process the incident.
      • Prepare to hold community meetings.
      • Plan long term response and follow-up counseling.

    Death Due to Medical Emergency

    • Verify facts.
    • Call 911 to request Police and Emergency Medical Assistance.
    • Alert and mobilize Crisis Team and enlist assistance from District Critical Incident Response Team
    • Notify Superintendent.
    • Begin staff notification.
    • Write statement for staff to read to students (read at same time if possible).
    • Organize and hold staff meeting before or after school (all personnel).
    • Begin student notification.
    • Write statement for phone inquiries.
    • Notify feeder schools of impact on children (family members).
    • Write announcement to parents.
    • Set up Safe Room(s).
    • Collect information on high risk students/staff.
    • Support high-risk students/staff.
    • Arrange substitutes if needed.
    • Designate a family liaison.
    • Arrange follow-up staff meeting(s) as needed.
    • Log activities and decisions.

    Medical Emergency or Crisis in the Building

    If we have a need for paramedics or emergency workers in the building, or there is a medical or other crisis that needs to be addressed, the following announcement will be made over the intercom;

    “Dr. Washington is in the building.”

    “Assistance is needed in ___________.”

    1. Teachers should collect all students in their classrooms and close all doors.
    2. The purpose here is to keep all unnecessary students and staff away from the emergency!
    3. Teachers should make sure that all of their students are present and report any missing students to the office through the intercom in their classrooms. (Please note that “missing” children refers to any students who are present in school that day, but not currently in your classroom. It does not refer to students who are absent from school on that day.)

          4. Have students continue working or continue with the lesson currently in progress.

          5. Remain in classroom with doors closed until advised by principal or designee.*

          6. Use of cell phones only to convey vital information.

          7. No use of the bathroom is permitted during this time.

          8. If emergency happens in lunchroom or on playground, all available adults should remove the students from the area.

          9. When the situation has been dealt with, you will hear:    

    “Dr. Washington has left the building”

     

    Note- Crisis Team members should all report to announced area.                                                                 

    Pam Bowles will replace Nabeel so that he can respond.

    Crisis Team Members: Cheryl, Cate, Corey, Nurse Pat, Nabeel, Krista K. if present

     


    CHILD ABDUCTION

    WITNESSED

    • CALL 911.
    • Notify parents.
    • Notify Superintendent as per Central Office Emergency Notification protocol.
    • Notify Counselors and Nurses as needed.
    • Convene Crisis Team and CIRT and decide on plan of action:
      • Faculty meeting
      • Visit classrooms as requested
      • Prepare classmates to be supportive.
      • Calls/letters home to parents
    • Prepare incident report for the Superintendent of Schools.
    • Provide for follow-up counseling.
    • Debrief with Crisis Team, CIRT and staff.

    WITNESSED OR NOT WITNESSED STUDENT MISSING FROM CLASS/BUILDING

    • Immediately, instruct staff to search buildings and grounds and assign someone to call 911. If student was scene exiting the building, be sure a staff member follows student while others call 911.
    • Notify parents.
    • Notify Superintendent as per Central Office Emergency Notification protocol.
    • Notify counselors and nurses as needed.
    • Convene Crisis Team and CIRT.
    • Question child’s friends or ensure availability for police questioning.
    • Search neighborhood, if prudent, with police leadership.
    • Prepare incident report for the Superintendent of Schools.
    • Debrief with Crisis Team, CIRT and staff.

     

     

    Missing Child in Building

    In the event that a child goes missing, notify the office immediately. The following message with be broadcast over the intercom:

    “All available staff, please report to the office”!

    Elaine and/or I will hand each respondent a card with a designated area to search either inside or outside the building. This will allow us to cover our entire space in a quick fashion, as time is of the essence in these cases.

    Note: If you can, grab your phone before responding so that we can continue to communicate as needed.

     

    CHILD ABUSE

     

    SUSPECTED 

    • Ensure oral report is made to the Department of Social Services (DSS) 978-275-6800/6900 or DSS Hotline 1-800-792-5200 and local police. A written report must be submitted within 48 hours.
    • Document actions and decisions.
    • Investigate or verify information.
    • Permit interview with child by authorized, properly identified officials only.
    • Cooperate with the request of the investigator regarding notice to parents.
    • Provide follow-up counseling.

     

    ACCUSATION AGAINST SCHOOL PERSONNEL

    • Ensure oral report is made to the Department of Social Services (DSS) 978 275-6800/6900 or DSS Hotline 1-800-792-5200 and local police. A written report must be submitted within 48 hours.
      • Document report. Investigate or attempt to verify information.
      • Notify Superintendent.
      • Notify Personnel Department and follow instructions.
      • If warranted notify Police Department.
      • Provide for police investigators and notify parents of procedures.
      • Allow time for employee to be interviewed and arrange for substitute.
      • Prepare incident report for Superintendent of Schools.
      • Convene Crisis Management Team and Counselors, as needed.
      • Plan for parental inquires, staff meeting and safety measures.
      • Notify parent(s) of affected students that crisis counseling is available.
      • Provide crisis counseling only after statements are taken.
      • Debrief with Crisis Management Team and staff.

     

     

    OPERATIONAL CRISIS


    Hazardous Material Release, Toxic Substance or Gas Leak

    • Call 911. Give location and remain on line until information is complete.
    • If the leak is a suspected natural gas, toxic substance or carbon monoxide leak, then evacuate the building immediately.
    • Administer first aid by School Nurse and trained staff.
    • Verify information.
    • Obtain Material Safety Data Sheet from the custodian’s office for spilled chemical if known.
    • Depending whether the leak is inside or outside, seek advice from the Senior Fire Department or Police Department Official relative to evacuation or shelter in place.
    • Notify Superintendent.
    • Clear the immediate area or evacuate building, if necessary. Avoid moving up or downwind.
    • Convene Crisis Management Team and set up Incident Command Post.
    • If sheltering in place: shut down main electrical power to close ventilation sources; turn off gas; close exterior doors and windows; use portable radios to gather emergency information.
    • Estimate extent of injuries or potential damage.
    • Keep list of hospitalized and location.
    • Request assistance in notifying other affected facilities.

     

    Electricity, Ruptured Water Line

    • Gather facts; verify information.
    • Call Director of Operations and Facilities at 978-674-4328.
    • Notify Superintendent.
    • Move staff and students from affected area, if necessary.
    • Close up and secure affected area, keeping children and people away.
    • Estimate potential physical danger with School Nurse.

     

    If a major line is down or sparks are visible:

    • Call 911. Give location and remain on line until information is complete.       Unit will be en route.
    • Call Director of Operations and Maintenance at 978-674-4328.
    • Prepare incident report for the Superintendent of Schools.
    • Debrief with Crisis Management Team and faculty.

     

    IMPORTANT

    ü    Never touch live wires.

    ü    DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RESCUE A PERSON who is experiencing electrical shock.

    ü    Shut power off where applicable.

     

     

                EXTREME WEATHER SAFETY PROTOCOL

    In the case of a severe weather advisory for a tornado, the event can occur within moments of notification. Flying debris is the biggest tornado hazard. The rule is to put as many walls as possible between oneself and the tornado.

    Evaluate your building. Here are some important points to keep in mind in creating a building specific plan:

    • Seek a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible. 

    • Stay away from doors, windows, and outside walls. 

    • Stay in the center of the room, and avoid corners because they attract debris. 

    • Clear auditoriums, cafeterias and gymnasiums that have large open span areas with flat,      

                   wide- 
span roofs. 


    • Assume a position low to the floor covering the head with arms and hands. 

    • Depending on the information available, school buses could continue to operate during

                   tornado 
watches, but not during tornado warnings. This will be a centralized decision

                determined by district administrators in collaboration with city officials. 
Definitions 


     

    Definitions

    • Watch: Tornados are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms. Watch the sky and stay tuned in to radio or television.
    • Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.

     

    NOTIFICATION FOR EXTREME WEATHER

    Massachusetts Alerts is a communication tool used by MEMA to disseminate critical information to smartphones +that can be downloaded from Apple's iTunes App Store for iOS devices (such as iPhone & iPad) and the Google Play online store for Android devices.  You can adjust your preferences in the settings section of the app. The default settings include receiving "public safety" messages from organizations like MEMA and weather warnings (like tornado, thunderstorm, flash flood, blizzard, hurricane, and more) from the National Weather Service. The settings also allow you to receive less severe weather alerts if you wish such as weather watches, advisories, and special weather statements from the National Weather Service.

    Source: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/massachusetts-alerts.html

     

    SCHOOL INFORMATION PAGE

     

    Address

    795 Wilder St.

    Phone Number

    978-937-7635

    Fax

    978-937-7636

    Principal

    Cheryl Cunningham

    Superintendant of School

    Jeannine Durkin (978-674-4324)

    Custodian

    Fred Spindler    (978-495-1618)

    Number of Students

    250

    Number of Employees

    39 full time         17 part time

    Square Footage

    72, 240    living area 38,105

    Number of Floors

    3

    Utilities

    Electric

    National Grid 1-800-322-3223

    Gas

    National Grid 1-888-377-5325

    Water

    Lowell Public Works

    Telephone

    Verizon

    Internet Provider

    Comcast

    Intercom System

    Tierney Sounds

    Building Statistics

    Motion Detecting Devices

    Yes

    Fire Standpipe and Sprinkler

    No Sprinkler System

    Roof Access

    Yes

    Cable TV Access

    Yes

    Electrical Shut-off/HVAC Accessible

    Yes/Electric Closet

    Hazardous Materials

    No

    Closed Circuit Cameras

    Yes/front door

    Intercom Systems

    Yes

    Telephones in Classrooms

    No

     

     

    KEY INFORMATION FOR OUTSIDE RESPONDERS

    Type of School

    grades, enrollment, year of construction, number of floors

     

    Elementary School

    Grades Prek-4

    Enrollment-250

    Built in 1909

    3 floors

    Description of Neighborhood

    include surroundings types of buildings/businesses and major roads

     

    Nestled in a quiet neighborhood

    Neighbor- Lowell Catholic High School

    School sits one block down from Steven St. and two blocks from Chelmsford St.

    Description of Physical Exterior

    location of playground, fields, recess location

     

    Washington is a three story, brick structure

    It has a playground next to the Modular that is used by Pre-K and CSA classes.

    All other classes have recess on the Avery St. side of the building and in the back of the building

    Location of Main Office

    include type of communication system available

     

    The main office is visible immediately as you enter the front door. The intercom system that connects to all classrooms is housed there.

    Building Access

    provide number of outside doors with numbering, main entrance, barriers and gated areas that can be isolated

     

    Outside doors- 16 including eight that exit out onto the fire escape

    The entire school is fenced in, but gates are not always locked

    Exterior Doors that Open into Classroom

    provide number of doors and locations

     

    One exterior door opens into the Pre-K classroom in the modular unit. Art Rm. also has a door that exits to the back of the building.

    Security Cameras

    provide number of cameras and location of monitor

     

    Security Camera is located outside main entrance on Wilder St. The monitor is located in the main office.

    Identification System

    provide information on visitor pass system, including location of logs and whether there are ID badges for staff and students.

     

    Visitors need to identify themselves and their business before being buzzed in. Visitors must provide license and obtain a Visitor’s Pass.

    Staff and students do not wear ID badges.

    Two Way Radios

     

     

    Cell Phone is our method of communication

        

    Building Based Crisis Unified Command Posts

     

     

    Crisis Command Centers (inside building) in order of priority are as follows:

    1.     Main Office

    2.     Principal’s Office

     

    Crisis Command Centers (outside building) in order of priority are as follows:

    1.     School yard – Avery St. side

    2.     School yard – S. Wilder St. side

     

    Triage Centers

    1.     Nurse’s Office

    2.     Library

    3.     School yard – Avery St. side

     

    Hazardous Material

     

     

    None

    GO KIT

    Is located in the Main Office closet and one kit on each floor level.

     

     

    MAIN SHUT-OFF LOCATIONS

    UTILITY

    LOCATION

    Gas

    Outside custodian’s door

    Water

    Behind Girls Room/Gym- for top floor

    Electric

    Electrical Room

    Sprinkler

    None

     

    Fire Alarm Panel

    Main Office and in Modular Hallway

    Fire Connection

     

     

    CELL PHONE NUMBERS OF KEY STAFF

    Position

    Name

    Cell Phone Number

    Principal

    Cheryl Cunningham

     

    Custodian

    Fred Spindler

     

    Custodian

    Mike Runion

     

    Lit. Specialist

    Cate Hugo

     

    Nurse

    Pat Crisafulli

     

    Teacher

    Corey Donovan

     

    Teacher

    Sue McCoy

     

    Teacher

    Laura Katz

     

    Teacher

    Nabeel Zananiri