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Wayside Elementary School is prepared to
effectively and efficiently respond to a multitude of emergency/crisis
situations that may impact students, staff, and parents or guardians. A school
emergency/crisis plan enables staff to respond to and manage a multitude of
emergencies/crises. Each year the emergency/crisis plan is updated, then
reviewed and approved by the Department of School Safety and Security. Fire
evacuation and other emergency drills are practiced throughout the year. Should
you arrive at the building during one of these drills, you may find the doors
locked and you will not be admitted until the drill is complete. Each year an
on-site emergency team (OSET) composed of school administrators and staff
receive basic and enhanced levels of emergency/crisis preparedness training,
conducted by the Department of School Safety and Security. A Parent/Child
Reunification plan is also reviewed and updated annually. Staff is trained to implement
this plan in the event of an emergency.
Lockdown is defined as an alert status
indicating imminent danger exists to all staff and students. During a lockdown,
staff and students must remain within their classroom or within a secured area.
If students are in the hallways, they must quickly move to the nearest
classroom or to a secure area, remain quiet and follow staff instructions.
Staff should secure their immediate area and account for students. Students
should also be kept away from doors and windows.
Shelter is a term used to alert staff that an
emergency/crisis exists at or near an MCPS facility. It requires all students
to be accounted for and under supervision. Administrators may activate the
OnSite Emergency Team (OSET) and set up a command post when appropriate.
Evacuate is a term used to quickly alert staff
that everyone is to exit the building, similar to a fire drill. In rare cases,
the evacuation may need to include walking the students to a safe, secure
location away from the campus. Our identified evacuation site is the Country
Glen Pool or Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints at the corner of Glen and
Falls Roads. A plan has been established to safely reunite students with
parents at that site and, should it be necessary, MCPS would send buses there.
information about Emergency Preparedness can be found at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/emergency/preparedness/