Release Procedures in The Event Of an Emergency

Goal:

A rapid, safe and orderly release of every student to calm, cooperative authorized adults in the case of an emergency.

Preparedness:

James Foster Child Development Program has a clearly defined Evacuation/Disaster plan that focuses on proper planning and action before, during and after a severe earthquake or disaster. This plan is evaluated and updated annually.  The James Foster CDP Evacuation/Disaster plan provides the necessary information to ensure the safety of students and staff.

During Preschool/Elementary School Hours:

If your child is attending our program during the school hours of  8:00 am to 2:49 pm and we are directed to evacuate Foster, we will be under the direction of the Saugus Union School District and the Sheriff’s department.  In the case of an emergency, the District’s “Alert Now” communication system may be activated (if possible) to contact Foster parents by phone to inform them of the emergency situation and instructions of what to do.  Parents can also call the District emergency phone number at (661) 294-5354 to receive an updated recorded message about the emergency and actions to take. If your child attends our Preschool Program, they will stay together as a class and follow the school's emergency plan and be dismissed with all the other children from the Kindergarten Yard at the front of the school. The children will be in their respective groups and parents are required to sign their child out and a staff member will bring your child to you.

After School Hours or Non-School Days:

In the event of a disaster, after school hours or on non-school days, James Foster CDP will follow a similar evacuation plan.  The children will be evacuated to the field followed by dismissal from the Kindergarten Yard gate that faces the front of the school. The children will be in their respective groups and parents are required to sign their child out and a staff member will bring your child to you.

Authorized Persons:

In any emergency, our staff is required to check I.D. against the Disaster Release card.  Your child will ONLY be released to persons who are listed on the Disaster release card and who are properly identified. If you need to add or change any person’s information on the release card, please do so regularly. Your child has a Disaster Release necklace that will be accounted for once you reunite with you child. It is important that all adults remain calm and allow our staff to properly and safely assess the situations and release the children in the safest manner possible.

Injuries:

When needed, injured students will be taken as quickly as possible to the first aid staging area. Our staff is trained in Basic First Aid and CPR.  If your child is in this area, you will be encouraged to join him or her.  You will be notified at the time you check in with our staff.

Cooperation:

The procedures above, along with the cooperation of our parents, community and Child Development Program staff will make our goal of a rapid, safe and orderly release possible.