Emergency Response and Closing Information
Emergency Response Information
The North Syracuse Central District has an Emergency Response Plan in place to address student and staff safety issues. The plan would be activated in the event of a local disaster or school emergency. Statistics show schools are still among the safest places to be on a day-to-day basis, due to the strong commitment of educators, parents, and communities to their children. Nevertheless, disasters do happen and, because of that, no community can be complacent in its efforts to make its schools even safer.
As part of its Emergency Response Plan, the district has a designated chief emergency officer who is responsible for coordinating communication between staff, law enforcement and first responders to ensure staff understanding of the district-level safety plan. The chief emergency officer will also be responsible for communicating details to staff during an emergency.
Also in the event of an emergency, the district’s school information officer will be responsible for disseminating information to the public by communicating with local media and the community. Several communication methods are available to the district and will be utilized as appropriate. Such methods include text, email and telephone alerts, website updates, social media messages and media announcements.
The district’s mass communication system, School Messenger, utilizes the student/parent/guardian information stored in its student information system. Therefore, it is imperative that parents and guardians ensure that their contact information is correct in the student information database. Whenever your contact information changes, be sure to contact your child’s school immediately to update your information to ensure that you receive emergency communications from the district.
Parents and guardians should also be aware that the district conducts unannounced emergency and lockdown drills at each school in the district throughout the school year. Law enforcement and emergency personnel may be included in these drills when possible. Parents and guardians will be notified of any drills taking place immediately before the drill and building announcements will be broadcast over PA systems or by activating building alarm systems. Visitors to school buildings will also be notified of emergency situations/drills such as a shelter-in-place, hold-in-place, evacuation, lockout or lockdown.
School Closing Information
In the event that it is necessary to close schools due to emergency situations or severe weather conditions, closing information will be posted on the district website and Facebook page and sent out through Twitter (@NSyracuse.com) and through School Messenger.
Local television and radio stations will be notified. It is recommended that residents watch one of the following television stations: WSYR-Channel 9, Time Warner Cable News 10, WTVH – Channel 5, or WSTM – Channel 3. These stations are the first to be notified of any closings or delays. Residents may also listen to WSYR (570AM) or WAER (88.3 FM).
In case of emergency where students are evacuated to a different location, the telephone numbers for the Main Office and Health Office of the school will be transferred to the Administration Offices where information will be provided to parents.
Early Dismissal Information
When weather conditions become severe, or in cases of other emergency situations, once students are in school, it may become necessary to close earlier than the regular dismissal time. If school is dismissed early or closed, all after school activities and programs are usually cancelled.
Early dismissal information will be posted on the district website and Facebook page and sent out through Twitter (@NSyracuse.com) and through School Messenger.
It is recommended that residents watch one of the following television stations: WSYR-Channel 9, Time Warner Cable News 10, WTVH – Channel 5, or WSTM – Channel 3. These stations are the first to be notified of any closings or delays. Residents may also listen to WSYR (570AM) or WAER (88.3 FM). These stations are the first to be notified of any early dismissal.
Please be sure to complete and update your child’s Emergency Form and update it when necessary. Your child’s school must know where your child should go in the event of an early dismissal.
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