After the tragedy in Florida on February 14th, some DMS parents and community members have inquired about what DMS emergency protocols are in place to protect students. We have a full Emergency Response Plan and a summary has always been available in the Parent Handbook.
The DMS Parent Handbook is posted on under Community > Parent Resources. The handbook provides the guidelines for our curriculum, student conduct, discipline, policies and operations. Under the operations section is an outline of our Emergency Safety Procedures.
DMS does not release the full Emergency Response Plan to the public, which is typical for many schools, to ensure the safety of the students. Desert Marigold’s complete Emergency Response Plan is available for viewing only in the main office.
Emergency Safety Procedures
Crisis Management – The safety of the students and the security of the campus are of the utmost importance to the teachers and staff. In an emergency, the crisis management protocols in the Emergency Response Plan will be followed with director level staff managing the situation.
Evacuations – Regular fire drills take place to assure students know how to respond and are familiar with evacuation procedures.
Lockdown/Sheltering in Place – Should it become necessary shelter in place due to a natural disaster, severe weather or environmental hazard, or lock down due to a civil disturbance, or other dangerous circumstance beyond our control, these procedures will be followed:
- All students will shelter in place, or brought into a safe space if outside.
- If a lockdown, doors and windows will be secured and locked and 911 will be called.
- Students and staff will remain in their locations until the campus is deemed secure and safe again or predetermined safe escape route(s) are utilized.
- Parents will be notified in emergency situations as soon as it is clear what action is required of parents–first by text blast and then by email with any further detailed instructions—including any alternative pick-up arrangements.
- If the emergency is of a longer duration, all efforts will be made to provide periodic updates.
- If no action is needed on the part of parents, the crisis management team will determine what form of reporting is necessary to inform parents.
Although your first reaction would be to call or rush to your child’s school, we request you do the following:
- Please do not call or come to the school, this only complicates matters from a safety and security standpoint as it may hinder the efforts of emergency responders or police.
- Do not call your child directly because emergency protocols prohibit cell communications, other than by teachers, for safety reasons.
- Stay close to your phone and email for updates and instructions.
- Rely only on official communications from the school or public safety officials.
- If alternative pickup arrangements are indicated after an evacuation, students will be released ONLY to parents/guardians who are documented as emergency contacts.
Desert Marigold’s complete Emergency Response Plan is available for viewing only in the main office.