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Emergency Procedures and School Closings

On rare occasions, the school must delay opening, dismiss early, or close for the day due to inclement weather, power outages, or other unforeseen circumstances. The school will make every effort to communicate the situation with families using one or more of the following means:

  • Robo-calls from the school principal are a frequent means of communication to parents.
  • Radio announcements: WAMU (88.5 FM), WTOP (103.5 FM), WMAL (630 AM). Keep a battery-operated radio in the house or utilize your car radio if there is a power outage.
  • Television stations: Channels 4 (NBC), 5 (Fox), 7 (ABC) and 9 (CBS).
  • The DCPS general information number (202-724-4222) will have a taped telephone message regarding the status of the school system’s schedule.
  • Email alerts are sent to parents from the school (LEAN)

If we were to have a threat inside of or around school, we would go into our shelter-in-place/ lock-down procedure. This includes students and teachers sheltering in place in the classroom in a place that is out of the line of site. Once the threat is resolved, we would possibly (depending on the situation) evacuate to Blessed Sacrament to reunify with caregivers.
A few reminders in the event of an evacuation:

– Emergency information will be available to families via email, the website, and Facebook.

– Our evacuation site is Blessed Sacrament, 3630 Quesada St NW, Washington, DC 20015.
– Students will ONLY be released to parents or caregivers. Students will not be released to friends, neighbors, or others not listed on enrollment paperwork, etc. Please plan accordingly.

– Reunification is not a fast process. Emotions and fear run high. Please plan to be as patient and calm as possible. Ensuring students’ safety is our number one priority. We will work to reunify as efficiently as possible, but know that there are 760 students involved in that process.

It is important for every parent to have a conversation with their child about what to do in case something unexpected happens. Discuss how they can contact their parent or other caretaker. Talk about neighbors’ or friends’ houses where they could go if they need to. Determine how the family as a whole will deal with school closings and other emergencies. These conversations can help your child feel calm and confident when facing an unexpected situation. Please make sure the school office, your child’s teacher, and your class room parents have your most up-to-date home, cell, and office phone numbers so you can be contacted quickly in an emergency.