School Safety and Security Plan:
The safety of our students and staff is our most important priority at Susan B. Anthony. In an effort to make our school as safe as possible, Susan B. Anthony will start operating as a "Closed Campus" at the beginning of the 2015 - 2016 school year. After the first week of school, students and staff members will be the only ones permitted past the front gates in the morning. Parents and other visitors needing to come on campus will need to check in with the office to obtain a visitor's pass. Please wear your visitor's pass at all times, and be sure to sign-out in the office before you leave. In the event of an emergency, your safety is also important to us, and we will be looking to account for any visitors that are still with us on campus.Because we live in challenging times, we have added a new chapter to our school safety and security plan. This plan was designed with the help of our school security staff members, as well as local law enforcement, emergency management, and public health officials. it is regularly reviewed and updated. We have added an additional procedure, called shelter-in-place, a tool to protect students in the event of potential exposure to a dangerous chemical in the atmosphere.
If a dangerous chemical were released in the community and posed a threat to students during the school day, we would be directed -- most likely by public health or safety officials -- to bring all students and staff members indoors, and to shut down all heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; and to close and secure all doors and windows. the neutral atmospheric pressure created by these actions would create a barrier and help keep chemical agents from leaking into the building.
This approach has proven to be safe, much safer than evacuating students into a contaminated outdoor environment. In fact, no person protected by a shelter-in-place procedure has died as a result of any of the 35 major chemical accidents in this country over the last 20 years.
During a shelter-in-place incident, public safety officials will secure the building, and no people will be allowed in or out of the building until an all-clear signal is given. While we protect our students in the school building, we recognize that, for their own safety, our parents will be sheltered in their own homes or places of work. (The school district will make every effort to communicate the status of our students to you and the community. The school district will use its web page, as well as all media outlets, to broadcast messages).
The Corona-Norco Unified School District continues to take proactive measures to protect the safety of all our students and staff members. Our District's representatives sit on the local emergency planning committees and emergency management teams, the groups that are planning our community's responses to potential threats. Our plans are synchronized with all other local emergency preparedness plans.
It is critical that the information on your child's emergency card at the school be current, including emergency numbers. Students will not be released to anyone who is not listed on the card. You can stop by the office to add or delete information.