Department of Defense Education Activity

Albritton MS: Emergency Procedures

Severe Weather

The tornado season may spawn many severe storms that may affect the military community. It is essential that parents are aware of the local warning system at all times. School attendance may be modified based on storm conditions. School will be dismissed when the Garrison Commander deems it a necessary. Updated information is regularly broadcast on local TV channels and/or local radio stations.


Civil Disturbances and Acts of Terrorism

These are politically driven acts of violence. The chances of a civil disturbance or terrorist act occurring in or around the school are very low. Should a civil disturbance or act of terrorism occur at the school, the following actions will be taken:

  1. The school administrator will be notified immediately.
  2. A school administrator will notify the Security Police or designated base Command Post.
  3. The school will follow all procedures and instructions of the Command Post. Administrators will coordinate the implementation of the DoD Force Protection Condition (FPCON) System measures with local security officials or3 5base commanders to ensure the measures are appropriate with the measures contained in the base FPCON plan. A list of the FPCON conditions is listed in DoDEA Reg. 4700.1, Enclosure 3.

Crisis Information

DoDEA has established a Crisis Management Toolkit to help families, educators, and community members understand how to best meet the needs of DoDEA students, staff, and community members in the event of a crisis. The website provides current information for families and educators about school crisis management policies and procedures, and makes available useful resources to help children and adults cope with the stress and anxiety associated with traumatic incidents.

Emergency Evacuation

In accordance with our antiterrorism/force protection plan, the school will be evacuated unless otherwise determined by the command and our district office. In cases where the school has to evacuate the premises due to any safety concerns,the students and staff will evacuate to designated locations away from the threat. If we have to leave the school area and/or send students home we will make every effort to contact each sponsor. During the time of any evacuation, all students will remain with their teachers. If information is received from our district office or from the Command Post to send students home, the school will then release the student(s) to the parent/guardian provided proper identification has been presented. We appreciate your cooperation during times such as these. Again, it is imperative that the school has updated contact information in case of any type of emergency. Please contact the school office to ensure all contact numbers are updated and current.

Emergency School Closure

Emergency school closure occurs when unforeseen circumstances such as broken water pipes, flooding, loss of power,severe weather, etc., warrant closure to be initiated during non-school hours. The decision to close the school is made through input from the administrators, our superintendent, and the Commander. An announcement of the closure will be broadcast on TV and/or radio, One Call, and through the base command units.

The One Call System allows for each school to contact all of their parents and/or staff with one phone message through an automatic dialing system. At the District level it allows a message to be sent to all parents and/or staff in the same method. This allows greater security and sharing of information with parents and staff. There is a Point of Contact (POC) at each location that has the necessary codes to access the system.

There are situations in which school may be canceled during school hours. Once again, this decision is made by the individuals stated above. Once the decision has been made to release students, staff members will alert all classrooms.Students who ride the bus will be released to board the bus at a set time. For those students who walk, ride a bike, or are picked up, they may be released once their parent/guardian has been contacted and agree with that process. If we are unable to reach a student's parent/guardian by the time teachers are released, the teacher will bring them to the office and the office staff will assist in contacting the parent. For these emergencies STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO LEAVE SCHOOL GROUNDS WITHOUT THEIR PARENT/GUARDIAN BEING NOTIFIED. As stated before,please ensure all contact numbers are updated at all times with both your child's teacher and the school office.

Fire Drill Evacuation Plan

Fire drills are conducted once each week during the first four weeks of school, and once each month thereafter. A fire evacuation plan is posted in each classroom. All students receive specific instruction and participate in the scheduled fire evacuation drills.

Fire Alarm Pull Switches

If a student intentionally pulls a fire alarm switch, they are subject to a probable suspension from school. The student will be reported to the military Fire Department and parents will be notified immediately. Pulling of the switches will not be tolerated and disciplinary action will be taken.