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Principal’s Message 10/20/14

Date: October 20, 2014 Author: admin Categories: Principals Message

We held our “Great California Shakeout” earthquake drill last Thursday, with excellent success. Our students practiced “Drop, cover, and hold,” and then evacuated to our upper playground assembly area. Prior to the drill, our staff reviewed and updated our BA Emergency Plans that describe our teams working together for our overall safety in an emergency. We are utilizing protocols developed by the Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities in San Mateo County, called “The Big Five.”

Student Release to Families

In an actual earthquake emergency, if students are unable to return to our buildings, we will provide for them in our assembly area and wait for parents or emergency contacts to pick them up. Our protocol is to close up all the entrances to the school, and release students to parents in one location– to assure that we account for each and every student, and that kids are released to their correct adults.

At Brittan Acres, student release will take place at the Tamarack gate by the blue shade structure. Adults will introduce themselves, show ID if necessary, and wait while their students are brought to them at the gate. Please take a moment to think about the potential for parents’ and students’ challenged emotions in a real emergency. It will be important for pick-up adults to remain calm and follow the directions of the school staff during student release.

We all hope it never comes to this! On the other hand, as Benjamin Franklin wrote addressing fire safety, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”


Best wishes, 


John Triska