Dear Parents and Guardians:
The safety of your children, our staff, and our
schools will always be our highest priority. When given serious warnings
from the Department of Homeland Security, Local/National media or other
Public Safety Officials, the Calvert County Public School System (CCPS)
will be making the appropriate responses to those events. There are
prepared plans designed to address, in a prudent manner, how to respond
to various situations and provide direction and guidelines to schools
about how to implement instructions they receive during an emergency
from not only the school system but also appropriate local, state and
federal agencies. A list of local emergency information is at the bottom
of this letter.
The Calvert County Public School System has a
representative at the Calvert County Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
during times of crisis. In addition, CCPS Central Office has a
system-wide emergency team that interacts with the EOC and all schools,
offices and facilities in the system. Each of our schools and
departments likewise has an emergency plan specific to that location.
In the event of an emergency situation in Calvert
County or one of the areas adjacent to it, local and state agencies will
provide direction to the school system. During any emergency, the EOC
will be activated and direct the school system in the implementation of
one of the following procedures:
This initial response secures all students and
adults in the school building and requires the locking of all doors and
windows. Students are released to parents or other individuals listed on
the student’s emergency form through each school’s Orderly Dismissal
Plan. Please keep in mind that no student is released to any individual
who is not specifically listed on the student’s emergency form,
including an older sibling. All adults must show photo I.D. when picking
up a student.
These procedures involve housing student in the
building until the danger has passed. Air and water quality are
monitored and adjusted as appropriate and the transfer of the facility
to a county agency for supervision during the crisis is made through the
EOC. The direction to Shelter-in-Place will only be implemented by the
EOC in a situation where the environment is so critically dangerous that
it would be unsafe for parents to travel to schools and for schools to
open their doors thereby exposing those inside to an eternal hazard.
This action would require that all
students and staff be removed from RISK Schools and transported by
school bus to a pre-identified HOST SCHOOL. Student drivers will not
have access to their vehicle but will be transported to a HOST SCHOOL by
bus with the other students. Reunification of students and their
families will take place at the HOST SCHOOLS. Without proper
authorization, students will only be released to individuals who are
listed on the student’s emergency form, including an older sibling. All
adults must show photo I.D. when picking up a student. See Calvert
County Response Plan for the listing of RISK SCHOOLS and HOST SCHOOLS.
Parents can help by:
- Giving the most accurate, up-to-date health and emergency information to your child’s school office.
- Ensuring your own safety.
- Creating a family emergency plan.
- Turning into local radio and television stations and checking the CCPS’s website at http://www.calvertnet.k12.md.us/.
Once again, we want to assure you that in
cooperation with local agencies, we are doing everything possible to
ensure the safety of students, staff and community. Certainly in times
like these, we must all work together and depend upon one another in
order to keep everyone out of harm’s way. We thank you for all you do in
support of Calvert County Public Schools and this community.
Daniel D. Curry, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
LOCAL EMERGENCY RESOURCES
T.V. Channels: 4, 7, 8, 9, 11
- WSMD 98.3 FM Mechanicsville
- WMDM 97.7 FM Lexington Park
- WBAL 1090 AM Baltimore Area
- WKIK 102.9 FM California
- WTOP 103.5 FM Washington Area
Calvert County Public Schools
Calvert County Emergency Operations Center