The safety and security of all USP students and staff is a top priority. Our emergency response plan contains detailed guidance for emergency evacuations, drills, and necessary procedures to keep all community members safe.
USP has a detailed plan for the evacuation of students and staff from the school buildings in the event of an emergency. Students at USP regularly take part in emergency drills for fire and lockdown. If a building emergency requires evacuation, teachers and students will follow evacuation procedures posted in each classroom. If, following an evacuation of the building, it is necessary for students to leave the campus, teachers will remain with their classes, while school support staff notifies parents for pick-up.
If it is necessary for students to leave the campus without delay, they will be evacuated by school buses, USP parents will then be contacted to collect their children at a specified location. USP has developed an emergency contact system, which utilizes a broadcast list via WAB so that parents can be contacted immediately. It is essential that parents maintain school updated of any changes.
In the event of an emergency, the action and appropriate direction will be initiated by the school. Please take a moment to review the actions listed below. Students and staff will be trained, and the school will practice these actions through drills over the course of the school year.
An Evacuation is initiated when there are conditions inside the school building that could be unsafe, such as fire, earthquake**. Students and staff evacuate the buildings and assemble at predetermined locations. An off-site evacuation may be necessary depending on the incident. School administrators will coordinate bussing of students to an off-campus location.
Fire alarm buttons are located throughout the school. Signs are posted throughout the school indicating where the exits are located.
Leave books, bags, and belongings behind
ACADEMIC COORDINATOR & PRE-SCHOOL COORDINATOR:
Reports attendance of staff/providers to the Administrative Director and maintains communication with the administrative director about further actions (Call Fire department, Police, etc.)
Make sure all students exit their classroom.
Main entrance closed. No one enters or exits campus until further instructions are communicated.
The LTeam (Academic Director, Academic Coordinator, Pre-School Coordinator, IT Coordinator, Administrative Director and Administrative Manager) confer. The all clear is given when ready by sounding one long bell or whistle.
Lock, no lights, Out of sight
An Emergency Lockdown is a low probability event, however, we need to be prepared just in case. An Emergency Lockdown will be called for in the event of an intruder on campus, nearby protests/demonstrations, or when there may be an immediate threat or hazard near or on the school campus. Anyone who notices an intruder on campus or any other reason for the school to go into lock-down should notify the Administrative Director or Academic Director immediately. Staff will be notified via internal communication. After the first communication through a PA system (LOCKDOWN, LOCKDOWN), staff should, at all possible, have devices and/or cell phones available for communication with the administration.
Students and staff are moved (or remain) in classrooms, sit away from sight line of the doors or windows, and doors and windows are locked. Classroom activities cease until the incident concludes. The office will be closed, and phones will not be answered.
Move away from sight.
Ensure all interior doors are locked.
Teachers, staff and students not in a classroom at time of the emergency should seek immediate shelter in a safe place nearest to their location.
A Modified Lockdown will be called when students and staff need to be inside the building for safety, protection from dangers outside of the building, or for unsafe conditions in the immediate vicinity of the school, such as fire or police presence in the neighborhood, etc. It may also be initiated when there is an unsafe situation in an area of the campus and movement needs to be controlled until the situation has been resolved. During a modified lockdown students and staff are moved (or remain) in their classrooms and classroom instruction continues as normal. Necessary movement can occur within a building or within the campus, and the administrative office is open for assistance.
The authorities (Police, Fire Department, Sinaproc, etc.) will typically notify administration when the All Clear can be given.
Earthquakes are low-probability, high-consequence events. Though they may occur only once in the life of a school, they can have devastating, irreversible consequences. Since earthquakes occur without warning students and staff will need to be prepared with methods to protect themselves.
EARTHQUAKE WHILE INDOORS AT SCHOOL
When an earthquake occurs, the following actions shall be taken inside the school building and in individual classrooms:
Each student must:
EARTHQUAKE WHILE ON SCHOOL GROUNDS
When an earthquake occurs, the following actions shall be taken if teachers and students are on school playgrounds:
The teacher must direct the students to WALK away from buildings, trees, poles, or exposed wires.
SUBSEQUENT EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
EARTHQUAKE WHILE ON THE BUS
When students are on the school bus and an earthquake occurs, the following actions shall be taken: