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Principal’s Message 10/13/2015

Date: October 15, 2015 Author: Michelle Marchena Curtis Categories: Featured, Principals Message

Hello BA families.

Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Thursday our schools will participate in the annual “Great California Shakeout” earthquake drill. Our students will practice “Drop, cover, and hold,” and then evacuate to our upper playground assembly area. Each year our staff reviews and updates our BA Emergency Plans that describe our teams working together for our overall safety in an emergency. We utilize protocols developed by the Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities in San Mateo County, called “The Big Five.”

Student Release to Families in Emergencies

In an actual emergency, if students can’t 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 children 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. It will be important for pick-up adults to remain calm and follow the directions of the school staff during student release. (If an emergency forces us to leave BA, our emergency evacuation site is Central Middle School, followed by Burton Park and the Youth Center, as a backup site.)

Finally, please know that we are mindful as we work with our students during these drills to be sure they are learning, develop confidence, and aren’t frightened by our preparation.

Best wishes,

John Triska