Emergency Preparedness Plan
The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School district has developed an Emergency Preparedness Plan to respond to natural and manmade disasters and other emergency situations. Hopefully none of these situations will ever occur, but should an actual or potentially hazardous situation develop, the district will initiate procedures to protect life and property on the premises.
Detailed emergency action plan procedures: For many different emergency situations emergency procedures have been established with responses that involve four possible options. These four responses are school cancellation, early dismissal, evacuation or sheltering. The decision to respond with one of these options will be made by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee and will be activated by notifying those responsible for issuing an alarm. Once an alarm is given, instructions will be issued to all students and staff to assist them in responding to the situation.
School Cancellation/Early Dismissal: Prior to the beginning of the school day, in instances of school cancellation, parents and students will be notified by local radio and television stations, and the automated notification system. These same media sources will be used in situations where school will be dismissed early. Since phone lines must be kept open during emergencies, parents of elementary students should expect their child to follow their family emergency plan. If no one is available at the intended destination, the student will be returned to either Guilford or Greenlawn.
Family Emergency Plans: At the beginning of the school year, parents will be asked to notify the school where their child should go in the event that a decision to close school early is made. It is suggested that parents stay tuned to any of the above radio stations during severe weather.
Evacuation/Sheltering: Should a decision be made to either evacuate or shelter, parents will once again be notified by local radio stations and if possible, by the automated notification system. Depending upon the situation, students may be evacuated to another school building, a building in the community or to school buses. If the emergency requires sheltering, students and staff will be directed to designated areas which provide adequate protection from flying objects and broken glass. If sheltering is required for an extended period, provisions would be made for eating and/or sleeping. Further information regarding the school districts’ Emergency Preparedness Plan can be obtained by contacting the District Office or the building offices.