Please find our earthquake and evacuation procedures and information for parents outlined below:
- In the event of an earthquake requiring a ‘drop, cover, hold’ reaction, students will be evacuated outside when it is assessed as safe to do so.
- Standard school evacuation procedures will be followed to ensure all students gather outside and are all accounted for safely and quickly. Once all students are accounted for, the whole school will gather and remain (if possible) in our central evacuation location (on school netball courts).
- Once we are sure all students are accounted for, our school office will send out a bulk text to all families to inform you of the evacuation and that all students are safe. This process may take some time, especially if groups of students are off-site, as we will need to confirm the situation of all students before communicating with families.
- In the case of an emergency, parents must not phone the school or staff, because this will only hold up the process of accounting for all children. See Communication below.
- In the bulk text message, parents and caregivers will be asked to pick students up from school, where possible. Any students not able to be picked up will be kept with teachers at school until picked up.
- Parents or emergency contacts arriving at school to pick up students will be directed by designated teachers to a parent meeting point (generally by the scooter racks). One teacher will briefly explain what is happening whilst another teacher collects your child. Parents must not collect their children themselves, as each child will need to be signed out by the whanau teacher. Once this is done, students will then be brought to you.
- We can only release children to their parents or designated emergency contacts, even if the people attempting to pick them up are known to the children. If you need to change your designated emergency contacts please contact the office on 477 3423 or [email protected] If, on the day, your child needs to be released to someone else, please text a message. See Communication below.
- If the event has caused disruption (such as the city centre being closed down or major traffic disruptions), or there are ongoing aftershocks, we will require all students to be picked up by a parent or designated emergency contact, to ensure that students will be safe and supervised when they get home. Older students who live very close to school and normally walk home alone will need to be picked up from school. If you would still like your child to walk home please text your child’s hub teachers once you have been informed of an evacuation and let them know that your child/ren can walk home. If, given the information we have, we still do not believe it is safe or advisable for your child to walk home, we will continue to hold your child. Please note: we will be take a “better safe than sorry” approach. There may be occasions when we require children to stay at school and it turns out it was not really necessary. We will make the best judgement call we can based on whatever information we have.