Third party check in system
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Guidelines and procedures for fire alarms
In our continuing effort to ensure the safety and security of students and staff, Hunter College High School has implemented the following emergency response procedures:
All students will remain in the school building, supervised by faculty in administrative homeroom classes.
Public Safety will handle security and communications with the administration, NYPD, and FDNY. Parents will be asked to remain outside the building until the nature of any emergency has been determined.
Once parents are allowed into the building, they should report to the auditorium for further instructions.
In the event of an evacuation from the immediate area of the school, students and staff will be directed to the evacuation site.
Information regarding the release of students from the school or alternative site or any changes to the above procedures will be posted on the Hunter College High School web site
Information regarding procedures for the Hunter College Elementary School can be found on their web site.
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Communications to parents will be available via: Hunter College High School website (http://www.hchs.hunter.cuny.edu).
IMPORTANT: The HCHS Website should be the first place to look for emergency information, procedures and school closings. In the event of an emergency, the website will be posting up to the minute information, including instructions about when and where you may pick up you child. Please read this website, in advance, to be familiar with emergency procedures.
Information for the high school and elementary school is different. If you have children both in the high school and elementary school, be familiar with emergency procedures for both schools. Information for the Hunter College Elementary School can be found on the website (http://hces.hunter.cuny.edu/newsevent/announcements.html).
In addition, you may tune in to any of the following radio stations for news regarding the school:
AM Stations: WABC 770, WCBS 880, WFAS 1230, WMCA 570, WINS 1010, WLB 1190, WOR 710 FM Stations: WCBS 101.1, WFAS 104.0, WNYC 93.9, WBLS 107.5
The PTA phone tree and E-mail distribution.
A dedicated phone line at (212) 860-1267, which will contain a pre-recorded message about the status of the campus schools and appropriate instructions.
Know your Child's Schedule
In the event of an emergency, it is important to know your child's daily schedule. Have a copy of his/her school schedule with you at all times, and know their schedule of afterschool activities (For example, know when your child goes to baseball practice, music lessons, or if he/she is driving other students to an activity afterschool).
In order to prepare for an emergency situation, if your child takes scheduled medications, the following is advised:
Provide the school with an extra supply of medicine (along with instructions for administration) to be kept with the school nurse in the event of an emergency.
If feasible, provide your child with an extra supply of medication (along with instructions for administration) to be carried with them at all times.
Food and Water
We recommend that each child keep a bottle of water and non-perishable food items in their locker in the event of a lockdown.
In the Event of a Lockdown
In the event that the administration or public officials declare a safety emergency, all students will remain in the building. This will be known as a lockdown. HCCS has already had a practice lockdown drill.
During a lockdown, students in the high school (grade 7-12) will report to their administrative homerooms where teachers will supervise them as they await further instructions.
All faculty and staff are assigned a specific responsibility within the building.
Students taking P.E. classes at Hunter College will remain at the college and will be supervised by their teachers. HCHS Public Safety will be contact with HC Public Safety with information and instructions.
All students who are off campus at the time an emergency is declared (e.g. during lunch or a free period) will be let back into the building. They will be asked to present their Hunter HS ID to Public Safety for entrance into the building. (For replacement cards, students are to go to the Computer Lab Room 425.
Parent volunteers, organized by the PTA, will also be involved in this process. These specific parent volunteers, with Administrative approval and appropriate ID, will be immediately allowed into the building. All other parents will be asked to remain outside the building until the nature of any threat or emergency can be determined. Once admitted, high school parents will report to the auditorium to receive further instructions.
All visitors within the building will be asked to go to the auditorium for further information and instructions.
If there is a threat to the safety and integrity of the building, the building may have to be evacuated. In the event of an evacuation, students and staff will be directed to the evacuation site. Any change in venue will be listed on the web site.
Emergency Contact/Release Information
It is important to have current contact information on the Emergency Contact Card that is on file with the school. To update information, please call (212) 860-1267 immediately.
Students will be allowed to leave in the custody of their parents. If a student wishes to leave with another HCHS parent, counselors/staff will make every effort to contact the student's parents for permission. If the school is unable to contact a parent or the emergency contact designated by the parent as listed on the Emergency Contact Card, your child may be sent home with another Hunter parent. The PTA is setting up Parent Safe Houses in close proximity to the school for this purpose. If your child goes home with another parent or to one of the safe houses, this information will be recorded and available to the parents of the child. It is important to have current contact information on the Emergency Contact Card that is on file with the school. All parents leaving the school will be asked to provide: Photo Identification Contact Phone Number Address (in case of student pick-up)
Third Party Check-In System
We recommend that each family arrange to have someone with whom the child will check-in with in case the child goes home with another HCHS parent. This way, both child and parent can check-in with the third person. This will improve effective communications and prevent overload on the school phone system.
It is important to discuss safety procedures with your child in a calm and informative manner. Know your child's schedule. Have a copy of this schedule readily available. This includes after school lessons, practices and competitions that occur off-campus. Your child should have at least two parents contact phone number and one family contact phone number in case of emergency. Please remind your child to carry the HCHS ID at all times when outside the school building.
Any change in this procedure will be communicated to you as necessary.
Thank you for you cooperation.
GUIDELINES and PROCEDURES for FIRE ALARMS
EVERYONE MUST EXIT THE BUILDING DURING A FIRE DRILL
ELEVATOR SHOULD NOT BE USED
1. When the fire bell sounds (a rapid series of gongs), everyone should stop working.
2. Teachers are required by law to account for all students scheduled in their class and present at the time of the commencement of the drill. Therefore, teachers must take their attendance/grade book with them in order to take attendance once outside.
3. The teacher should lock the doors and instruct the last student to turn out the lights and shut the door. This is a signal to Public Safety, Administration and Emergency Personnel that the room is empty.
4. The teacher should be in the front of the class to convey any necessary instructions to the class. Do not break into a class line, classes should remain together whenever possible.
5. All classes should proceed as a group towards the nearest staircase and be prepared to take direction in the event egress is blocked. Teachers are to check the directions and map posted in the classroom.
6. Classes on the lower floors should yield to classes coming from the higher floors when existing. When possible, give the Elementary School the right- of -way.
7. Upon exiting the building, all high school students and staff should proceed west towards Madison Avenue on either 94th or 95th St. Do not congregate in front of the building.
8. The Courtyard is for the exclusive use of the Elementary School. It is off-limits to the High School during a fire drill.
9. Students should reconvene with their teachers so attendance may be taken.
10. The end of a drill will be indicated by a one gong all clear signal. At this time everyone may re-enter the building.
DISABLED STUDENTS and STAFF (those not able to move quickly down the stairs) should be directed to go to rooms 202, 302, 402 and wait for assistance from Public safety or an Administrator. Do not get on the elevator unless directed by Public Safety or an Administrator.
IF A FIRE ALARM SOUNDS DURING NON-CLASS TIME students should exit the building immediately, move with the flow of school traffic and stay with the rest of the high school.