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Drop, Cover and Hold

This drill prepares students for what to do if an earthquake should occur during school time. Students are to do the following until the earth stops shaking, and it is safe to evacuate the building.

Please Share This Information With Your Students:

This drill is conducted in the following manner:

  • An administrator will announce that a Drop, Cover Hold Drill will begin.
  • The administrator will announce that you do not need to leave the classroom for this drill.
  • At the administrator’s command, all students will drop under their desks.
  • All students will drop under the desk, hold the desk and remain under the desk until told to return to the seated position by the administrator.
  • Teachers should monitor students to be sure all students are under his/her desk.
  • The administrator will tell the students to return to their seats.
  • The administrator will remind students of the need to follow this procedure whenever there is an earthquake and to remain in the duck hold position until they are told to evacuate the building.

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Earthquake Evacuation Instructions

In the event of an Earthquake begin following instructions here.

  1. In a REAL earthquake, the fire alarms MAY go off or there may be no bell at all. In order to alert staff and students of an earthquake drill, an administrator will announce that an earthquake drill is now in progress.
  2. The administrator will lead everyone in a drop drill.
  3. The administrator will announce the school signal to EVACUATE shall be a series of bells, (3) three short rings, followed by a (2) two-second pause (repeated several times).
  4. At this signal, teachers direct students in an orderly departure from the room to the field ASSEMBLY AREA (PE black top area by the channel in the south field), via the assigned evacuation route. In all cases, select the safest route, not just the assigned route.
  5. One teacher near each building exit will inspect the exit to see if it is a safe evacuation route. If it is not, the teacher directs the classes to alternate routes.
  6. The teacher picks up the red emergency folder with Room I.D. Card (located in their classroom), insures that all students have evacuated, checks with the ‘Buddy” (verify their safety), and directs assistance for “walking injured” out to the blacktop. Leave doors wide open.
  7. Teachers will lead their students quietly to the ASSEMBLY AREA (safety area), where they sit, by P.E. class. Teachers – refer to the Emergency Response Sheet and line up with their assigned PE class.
  8. After safely completing the evacuation to the ASSEMBLY AREA, teachers place their BLUE Room I.D, Cards in the proper pocket on the Emergency Control Board at the OPERATIONS STATION (located by the water fountain).
  9. Teachers report damage, assistance needed, and injured to OPERATIONS (located on behind 507); then they report to their assigned emergency post for duty.
  10. Teachers assigned to the ASSEMBLY AREA verify attendance and send “runners” to report to the REUNION STATION (located on the southwest corner of the south basketball courts) with white cards of absent/missing students.
  11. Students who are disruptive should be escorted, by a college aide or staff member, to OPERATIONS. The Staff Assistant will be there to receive students.
  12. All staff will remain at their emergency duty station while written reports are completed and forwarded to the OPERATIONS LEADER.
  13. Teachers pick up Room I.D. Card from OPERATIONS (control board) and return to classrooms (ready to repeat the drill in case of after-shocks).

Please Note:

  • The students need to leave the buildings in an orderly fashion and in line.
  • Students should leave their belongings in the classroom.
  • Students should line up in the hallway next to the lockers and remain there quietly until the teacher is ready to leave.
  • The teacher should lead the students in a line quietly out of the building.
  • The teacher should lead the students in a line quietly all the way to the blacktop area.
  • Both doors should be wide open.
  • Please be sure the students understand the importance of getting in line, staying in line and walking out to the blacktop as quietly as possible.
  • Please take a few moments to remind students that both the real thing and a drill should be taken with the same seriousness no matter how many times they occur.

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FIRE DRILL EVACUATION INSTRUCTIONS

In the event of a Fire or Fire Drill do the following:

  1. The school signal to EVACUATE shall be a series of bells, (3) three short rings, followed by a (2) two-second pause (repeated several times).
  2. At this signal, teachers direct students in an orderly departure from the room to the field ASSEMBLY AREA (PE black top area by the channel in the south field), via the assigned evacuation route. In all cases, select the safest route, not just the assigned route.
  3. One designated teacher near each building exit will inspect the exit to see if it is a safe evacuation route. If it is not, the teacher directs the classes to alternate routes.
  4. The teacher picks up the red emergency folder with Room I.D. Card (located in their classroom), insures that all students have evacuated, checks with the ‘Buddy” to verify their safety. Close, but do not lock the doors.
  5. Teachers will lead their students quietly and in a straight line to the ASSEMBLY AREA (safety area), where they sit, by P.E. class. Teachers – refer to the Emergency Response Sheet and line up with their assigned PE class.
  6. Students and teachers wait in the PE area until the signal is given to return to class. Teachers who have a class will be dismissed first. Teachers with a conference period will remain in the PE area until all students are released.
  7. Students will be released by sections from the PE area to return to the classroom they evacuated from.

Please Note:

  • The students need to leave the buildings in an orderly fashion and in line.
  • Students should leave their belongings in the classroom.
  • Students should line up in the hallway next to the lockers and remain there quietly until the teacher is ready to leave.
  • The teacher should lead the students in a line quietly out of the building.
  • The teacher should lead the students in a line quietly all the way to the blacktop area.
  • Both doors should be closed, but one door of the classroom doors should not be locked.
  • Please be sure the students understand the importance of getting in line, staying in line and walking out to the blacktop as quietly as possible.
  • Please take a few moments to remind students that both the real thing and a drill should be taken with the same seriousness no matter how many times they occur.

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School Lock Down Procedure

There are times when law enforcement agencies or circumstances in the school area require all staff and students to remain in their rooms with the doors locked. Should that situation arise, please follow the procedures below.

Please Share This Information With Your Students:

Should we have to go to a School Lock Down, the following procedure should be followed:

  1. A Long Continuous Bell will be rung signifying that a School Lock Down is taking place.
    • Students who are outside on the school grounds for lunch or PE should lay flat on the ground until an adult provides them with directions on where to go.
  2. Teachers and staff will direct students to proceed to their next class if they are in the halls during passing period, at lunch, or at the beginning of the school day.
  3. Teachers and staff will direct students to proceed to the class they just left, if a School Lock Down is required at the end of the school day and the dismal bell has rung.
  4. An announcement will be made through the school communication system when the School Lock Down has been terminated.
  5. No visitors will be admitted to the campus during a lockdown. No students will be released during this procedure until the campus is determined to be safe by school officials.

Teachers should do the following:

  • Listen to the school communication system for further instructions. A staff member with a radio in the PE area should monitor the radio.
  • Keep students in the classroom until the School Lock Down is terminated.
  • Teachers with conference periods during the School Lock Down should go to their classroom buildings and help get students to class. Then, remain in your classroom to listen for further instructions, or be called on your classroom phone to be given instructions.
  • Students should not be allowed to use the phones for any reason.
  • Windows, blinds and doors should be closed and locked.
  • Any questions or concerns during the School Lock Down should be directed to the main office via phone or radio (PE area).
  • Cell phones should not be used.

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Parent Information

Do you know the procedure for retrieving your child in an emergency?

Imagine one day at 2:00 in the afternoon, an 8.0 earthquake, or other emergency, hits southern California with the epicenter in Orange County. The 405 is closed. The 710 is closed. Cell phones are not working. What are the procedures for getting your child?

If you could physically make it to Hill, you would head to the PARENT REQUEST STATION which would be located in the main quad past the auditorium. You would fill out a form requesting your child and you would show ID. We would check to make sure your name is listed on the emergency card. We would radio to have your student sent to the STUDENT RELEASE STATION. The STUDENT RELEASE STATION would be between the 700 building and the side of the cafeteria. There you would hand in a slip verifying you have signed your child out and you would wait for your child.

How can you help in this process? Please keep your EMERGENCY CARD is updated. Make sure you put down the names of people you would permit to take your child. If you work in Corona Del Mar, you might not be able to make it to Hill. Put someone on the card that you trust, that works or lives close, and could retrieve your child in the case you could not get here. Contact the office if you need a new EMERGENCY CARD.

Discuss these procedures with the people you have on your emergency card and make sure they know how to get to the school. Make a copy of these procedures for each person on your emergency card. You might even want to map quest directions http://www.mapquest.com for each person to Hill (1100 Iroquois Ave, Long Beach, 90815) and have them keep it in a safe place, like their glove compartment.

How can you prepare your child? Review the pick up procedures with your child so they are confident you have a plan in place in case there is a big earthquake or other emergency.

Parent Checklist:

____ The emergency card is up to date.

____ A copy of these emergency procedures has been given to everyone on my emergency card.

____ All people on then emergency card have clear directions and/or a map to the school.

____ My child has all emergency numbers on them at all times.

____ My child knows the emergency procedures incase there is a big earthquake.

 

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