PREPARING FOR EMERGENCIES

PREPARING FOR EMERGENCIES

Our school is a safe and secure environment normally but sometimes emergencies happen that are outside our control. Over the years it has always been our practice to inform all our families if there has been an incident to reassure you that we have recognised the problem and we are using our well practised procedures to deal with them so that your children and staff are safe. This is always our first priority. With the latest well publicised issues that we have all read and heard about in the media we know it is important to respond to threats as if they are real, even though they may be a hoax. We are very fortunate in our school to have a system where we have the facility to provide an SMS to all our parents when there is a threat to our school community. We have detailed three possible scenarios below. If we are confronted with a threat in the future we will use one of these. We ask you not to panic if you receive one of these messages. In the event of a lock down, nobody other than emergency services will be allowed into the school property until the threat has been resolved. In the case of evacuations on the school property our Duff Street main entrance will be closed and there will be members of staff manning the gates. In the case of an off site evacuation (as for example with a bomb threat) all students and staff will be assembled on Camms Reserve.

TYPES OF EVACUATIONS

On- Site Evacuation

On-site evacuation/relocation will be necessary if it is unsafe for children, students and staff to remain inside the building. This procedure may be required for an emergency response to incidents such as a small fire, internal gas leak or other threat or hazard confined to a classroom.

Off-Site Evacuation

If it is unsafe for children, students, and staff to remain at the facility or on the facility grounds, the school/service will need to be evacuated to the most appropriate designated off-site assembly point.

An off-site evacuation may be required for an emergency response to incidents such as a bomb threat, fire, chemical spill or flood.

Lockdown

A lock-down may be necessary due to an incident that has occurred outside or in the local area and it is deter-mined it is safest for children, students and staff to stay inside. A lock-down may be required in response to an emergency such as a hazardous smoke emission from a nearby factory fire, severe weather event or a sensitive police operation.

Messages to parents

On- Site Evacuation

"CWPS classrooms were evacuated today due to information it received from authorities. All students are safe. You will be notified when the Incident Controller gives the all clear."

Off-Site Evacuation

"The CWPS site was evacuated today due to information it received from authorities. All students have been relocated off-site. You will be notified when the Incident Controller gives the all clear."

Lockdown

"CWPS went into lockdown today due to information it received from authorities. All students are safe and the buildings secure. You will be notified when the Incident Controller gives the all clear."

Andrew Bergmeier