Policies & Procedures
Students practice the following during our earthquake drills:
MOVE AWAY from windows, shelves and other hazards.
TAKE COVER under a table, desk or counter.
TAKE CRASH POSITION to protect your head.
COUNT TO 60 and wait for your teacher instructions.
Emergency Release Procedures Are:
*If a hazardous spill has occurred in Ucluelet (i.e. ammonia spill at fish facility) we will follow a school lock in. Parents will await further instructions by phone or school website.
*If an earthquake, fire and or tsunami has occurred UES is located in the safe zone.
*During regular hours students will be kept with their teachers and staff members. Gradual release of all students will occur. Parents will pick up their children at the tennis courts.
*If severe weather is occurring in our area, specifically Hurricane force winds (60 knots) and rising our school may close resulting in gradual release of students from the tennis courts or a lock in of all students within the school.
*If our school is under threat we will follow our emergency protocols which include either a lock down or hold and secure procedure.
*All doors will be locked and children will wait quietly with their teachers and staff.
*During this time no one, including parents will be permitted to enter or leave our premises until the "ALL CLEAR" is given.
School Closures Due to Power Outages
BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS
Power is off at 7:45 a.m.
-Unless BC Hydro indicates to the school that power can be restored before 7:45 a.m., morning classes are cancelled and buses will not run. Power must be on by 12:00 p.m. for afternoon classes to occur.
IN-SCHOOL POWER OUTAGE
Power goes off while students are in class:
-Students stay in class and wait for an announcement. If power cannot be restored within one hour, students are dismissed according to School District policy. No elementary students will be sent home without making a home contact unless parents have filled an alternative arrangements form at the office. Students must wait in their classes until a parent or guardian arrives to pick them up. Buses will run to return bus students whose parents or alternate have been contacted. Hitacu students will be dropped off at the Band Office if no contact is made.
If Power goes off while students are at recess or lunch:
-Students return to their regular classroom and follow the procedure for in-class power outages.
WHAT IF POWER COMES BACK ON AFTER STUDENTS ARE SENT HOME
Power returns before 12:00 p.m.
-If the students have already been sent home there will be no afternoon class for the students. However, if the students have not yet been returned home, afternoon classes will be available but buses will not run.
Power returns after 12:00 p.m.
-There will be no afternoon classes.
Emergency Contact Arrangements
In the event of a power outage or prolonged evacuation while school is in session, our goal is to contact each student's household and confirm that someone is there before we send your child home. We have discovered that in a few cases, no one is at home or at the designated "emergency" contact.
Please be sure that your information is up to date. Please complete and return the verification information form that is sent home in September.