By Annie Brown
April is Earthquake Preparedness Month and IUSD would like to take this opportunity to encourage families and students to be prepared. Taking the following simple steps will go a long way helping to keep you and your family safe during an earthquake or other emergency.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AT SCHOOL
Know the emergency plan at your child’s school
We maintain responsibility for our students. Campuses in the Irvine Unified School District will be secured and students will be kept at school until they can safely be released to parents or authorized guardians through an established reunification process.
We prepare to be self-sufficient. Though IUSD works closely with the Irvine Police Department, the Orange County Fire Authority and other agencies, it may be necessary to coordinate our own response efforts if emergency personnel are tending to more immediate needs. IUSD staff members have therefore been assigned specific roles and responsibilities, which are practiced during drills throughout the year.
Make sure we have your most up-to-date contact information. Be sure that your school has updated information about how to reach parents and responsible caregivers to arrange for pick-up. During times of emergency the school telephones may be overwhelmed with calls, so it …read more
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