The safety procedures and protocols at Carlmont High School are currently being revised and reviewed. As of the fall of 2014 administration and staff will be trained in new safety protocols being adopted by San Mateo County. These new protocols will standardize how all schools in the district will respond to emergency situations.
Existing safety procedures will continue to be utilized by students and staff until that time. Currently there are three types of emergency protocols used by the school: evacuation, duck and cover, and lockdown. Backpacks containing safety procedures and first aid supplies exist in all classrooms as well as the counseling and administrative offices.
In the case of an evacuation, teachers and staff exit classrooms and offices, following an evacuation route designed to minimize congestion and confusion. All personnel proceed to the football stadium and report to an assigned position. Once there an accountability process ensures all students are either accounted for or reported as missing in order for emergency personnel to conduct a search. In the case of a real emergency, parents will be contacted using an automated phone service explaining the situation and providing directions for reunification with your students. ***Note it may take a significant amount of time to reunite students with families in the case of an evacuation. Please be patient and follow our procedures in such an event.
DUCK AND COVER:
In the case of an earthquake, students and staff have been trained to seek shelter under desks or doorways if appropriate until the earthquake has subsided. Based on the severity of the earthquake, an evacuation of all buildings may occur.
In the case of a hazardous situation on or near school grounds that is not a immediate threat to students or staff the school will be placed in a secure campus. Teachers and staff have been instructed to bring students in doors secure the area and then proceed to teach. Students will be allowed to leave the classroom only after the secure campus has been called off.
***Note if a secure campus takes place at the end of the school day, please no one will be allowed on or off campus until the secure campus has been cleared by law enforcement and administration.
In the case of an intruder or dangerous situation on or near school grounds the school will be placed in a lockdown. Teachers and staff have been instructed to gather all students as quickly as possible and lock them in a secure location. Once doors are locked, windows are shuttered and doors are barricaded with desks. Staff may require students to huddle away from doors and windows during this time. Doors will remain locked and barricaded until police determine the threat has passed. Parents will be contacted using the automated phone service explaining the situation and providing directions for reunification with students.
While parents may be inclined to come to the school in the case of an emergency we urge them to please stay away from the school until a process for reunification has been established by administration or emergency personnel. Additional people on school grounds during an emergency only increases confusion and preventing emergency personnel from doing their job.