Safety and Emergency Procedures
Building level response plans. The purpose of this plan is to establish guidelines for the management of a crisis event involving the staff and students at GCS. This plan includes sections for: Emergency Evacuation, Lock Down Level I and II, Off-site Evacuation (to the YMCA next door), and Clearing Procedure for fire drills. During the school year it is state law to practice 12 fire drills. In addition, we will practice two lock- downs. Annual fire inspections are conducted by the North Greece Fire Department of our building.
Other safety measures. Student safety while on campus is a high priority for Greece Christian School. GCS is a locked facility during the school day and all visitors must be identified by camera before being “buzzed in” at two door entrances. The building is also outfitted with a number of security cameras throughout. For good communications walkie talkies are located in all school office areas, including the health office. All school staff supervising students outside must get a walkie talkie from the office prior to going outside. The school also is equipped with a zoned Public Address system for effective communications as needed. A defibrillator is located outside of the nurse’s office. CPR training is given to all staff, as well as training in other areas as needs arise, such as providing a safe environment for students with (severe) allergies. Safety plans are reviewed annual by the security team.
School Cancellations School cancellations are reported on all local television channels and WHAM radio. When possible, there will be a scrolling announcement on the school website. A good rule of thumb for snow days is that when Greece Central School District closes, GCS closes. In addition, if there is an emergency closing during the school day, GCS will use an automated telephone messaging service to contact parents. Greece Christian School will adhere to the same schedule for school closing as the Greece Central School District. Notification of these closings will be given over the area television stations. Parents are responsible to inform their children what to do in the event they are sent home early. The school will use an automated phone system to call parents to inform them of early dismissal; however, parents must fill out the early dismissal form annually so the office has proper instructions and a day time phone number for each child.