The district has guidelines and actions in place to protect staff, students and facilities in the event of any natural or human-caused disaster or emergency. Students and staff receive instruction about emergency procedures and drills and shall abide by those rules and regulations.
Parents should ask and be informed regarding emergency responses, especially the Student/Parent Reunion procedures. (Policy/Procedures 3432: Emergencies)
School delays and closures
Emergency situations occasionally arise, which may require school schedule delays, closure, or changes in transportation. Therefore, we encourage you to have a family plan covering actions to take in emergency situations:
Each family should assure that their current emergency information is on file at their child’s/children’s school(s).
- What to do if a bus does not arrive
- Who to call or contact
- Where to go for help
Accessing information about inclement weather and other emergency situations:
Standard phrases used in media announcements:
- Internet: http://flashalert.net/news.html?id=4204
- (206) 780-1556: District recorded emergency message
- Media: Announcements start at 5:30 AM (or as soon as notice can be given after an emergency) for schedule changes. Our goal is to notify stations by 5:15 AM. Radio/TV stations will announce districts by name – “Bainbridge Island School District #303.” (See district Emergency Communications Bulletin 2015-16 for a list of radio/TV stations and other related information.)
- No Report - Schools on normal schedules. Note: Again, no announcement means normal operations.
- Schools closed - All Bainbridge Island Public Schools will be closed for the day. All activities, including building use, are cancelled. If conditions change during the day, special arrangements may be made for some activities.
- Late start - Schools are open and late start times will be announced. Listen for information regarding different programs, i.e. kindergarten, preschool, out-of-district, or special education. Buses will run on normal routes, unless Limited Bus Service is noted. Schools will be dismissed at the regularly scheduled time.
- Limited Bus Service – Buses will run on limited service routes to avoid dangerous situations. A list of bus stops that will be used in the case of limited bus service is on the website under Transportation.
Bainbridge Island Schools are prepared for a variety of emergency situations. Emergency plans are routinely reviewed and updated. Staff are trained to serve on a variety of response teams.
The following points provide some direction regarding emergency situations:
- In an emergency, all students will be kept at school until the end of the school day or longer if the emergency dictates.
- Parents may provide an extended list of authorized adults to whom they give authority to pick up their children in an emergency situation.
- Parents or authorized persons may remove their children from school in an emergency.
- When checking students out during an emergency, parents or authorized adults must bring a photo ID.
- Should conditions exist that make transportation impossible, students will be kept at school until the parent, guardian or an authorized adult comes to check the student out of school. It is expected that the parents/guardians/authorized adults will come as soon as possible to pick up their student(s).
- In all situations, the superintendent may make other decisions dependent on the type of emergency. During any community-wide emergency, please listen to emergency broadcast stations (TV channels 4, 5/6, 7, and 13), and radio stations as listed in the Emergency Communications Bulletin or on the district website.
- To check a student out of school during/after an emergency, the parent/guardian/authorized adult should:
- have their picture ID with them when they arrive;
- report to the area designated for student requests;
- complete necessary paper work;
- proceed as directed to student pick-up area; and
- wait for student(s) to be escorted to them.
Please remember that under many emergency conditions, telephone service may be unavailable for outgoing or incoming calls. At times, the local radio stations may be the only available means of communication.