Weather and Closing Information

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    The primary method to notify all district employees, parents, and students of school closing is through our mass notification system in Blackboard, which will come via text, email, and phone. We will also post a pop-up message on the homepage of our website for visitors accessing information here, as well as push a notice through FFC8 Twitter and Facebook.



    Inclement Weather Procedures:   

    As many of you realize, the weather in Colorado can vary widely from day to day and through different parts of the Colorado Springs region. FFC8 administration monitors the weather closely in an attempt to provide safe access to schools for students, parents and staff. Two-Hour Late Starts and/or District closures will be announced through various methods including: television, radio, the District’s website, and the FFC8 mass notifications via email, text, phone and mobile app.  

    If parents believe the conditions are not safe on a day when inclement weather conditions exist and the District is still open, it is always the parents’ option to keep children at home.   

    Weather Decisions for Fort Carson vs. FFC8:

    Occasionally, Fort Carson and Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 will make different decisions with regards to weather and operations. If you have questions about whether or not CYS is open, they have provided more information on the CYS Family and MWR website.

     



    Emergency Closure Definitions and Procedures:      

    HOLD! IN YOUR ROOM OR AREA. CLEAR THE HALLS.SRP Hold

    There may be situations that require students to remain in their classrooms. There may be a need for students who are not in a classroom to proceed to an area where they can be supervised and remain safe.

    EXAMPLES OF HOLD CONDITIONS:

    • Altercation in hallway
    • Medical emergency issue that needs attention
    • Unfinished maintenance operation in a common area during class change

    ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    Students:

    • Clear the hallways and remain in room or area until the “ALL CLEAR” is announced
    • Do business as usual

    Adults:

    • Close and lock the door
    • Account for all students and adults
    • Do business as usual

     

    SECURE! GET INSIDE. LOCK INSIDE DOORS.SRP Secure

    There may be situations that require students to remain in their classrooms. There may be a need for students who are not in a classroom to proceed to an area where they can be supervised and remain safe.

    EXAMPLES OF SECURE CONDITIONS:

    • Unknown or unauthorized on the grounds
    • Dangerous animal on school grounds
    • Criminal activity in area
    • Planned police activity in the neighborhood

    ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    Students:

    • Return to inside of building
    • Do business as usual

    Adults:

    • Bring everyone indoors
    • Lock outside doors
    • Increase situational awareness
    • Account for all students and adults
    • Do business as usual

     

    LOCKDOWN! LOCKS, LIGHTS, OUT OF SIGHT.SRP Lockdown

    Lockdown is called when there is a threat or hazard inside the school building. Lockdown uses classroom and school security actions to protect student and staff from the threat.

    EXAMPLES OF LOCKDOWN CONDITIONS:

    • Dangerous animal within school building
    • Intruder
    • Angry or violent parent or student
    • Report of a weapon
    • Active assailant

    ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    Students:

    • Move away from sight
    • Maintain silence
    • Do not open the door

    Adults:

    • Recover students from hallway, if possible
    • Lock classroom door
    • Turn out the lights
    • Move away from sight
    • Maintain silence
    • Do not open the door
    • Prepare to evade or defend

     

    EVACUATE! LOCATION MAY BE GIVEN. POLICE ASSISTANCE TO EVACUATE.SRP Evacuate

    EVACUATE TO A LOCATION:

    Evacuate is called when there is a need to move people from one location to another. Most often, evacuations will be necessary when there’s a heating/ventilation system failure, nearby gas leak, or bomb threat. In those cases, people will be allowed to bring their personal items with them. An evacuation drill is very similar to a fire drill.

    POLICE LED – EVACUATION AFTER A LOCKDOWN:

    In rare situations where law enforcement is clearing classrooms and escorting students and staff out of the classroom and through the building. As officers enter the classroom, students and staff must keep their hands visible and empty. It is unlikely that students or staff may be able to bring backpacks, purses or any personal items during a Police Led Evacuation. Students may be instructed to form a single file line and hold hands from and back, or students and staff may be asked to put their hands on their heads while evacuating.

    ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    Students:

    • Leave stuff behind
    • If possible, bring your phone
    • Follow instructions

    Adults:

    • Lead students to Evacuation location
    • Account for students and adults
    • Notify if missing, extra or injured students or adults

     

    SHELTER! HAZARD AND SAFETY STRATEGY.SRP Shelter

    Shelter is called when specific protective actions are needed based on a threat or hazard.

    Hazards may include: Tornado, Severe weather, Wildfires, Flooding, Hazmat spill or release, Earthquake, Tsunami

    Safety Strategy: Evacuate to shelter area, Seal the room, Drop, cover and Hold, Get to high ground

    ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    Students:

    • Use appropriate safety strategy for the hazard

    Adults:

    • Lead safety strategy
    • Account for students and adults
    • Notify if missing, extra or injured students or adults

     

    CONTROLLED RELEASE:

    Circumstances may occur at the school that require parents pick up their students in a formalized, controlled release from the school. It may be necessary due to weather, a power or other utility outage, hazmat or if a crisis occurs at the school. This is the name for the process that will occur on-site at the school and parents will be notified with instructions on how to execute this process quickly and smoothly.

     

    REUNIFICATION:

    Reunification is when students are reunited with parents after an incident or evacuation, and is a process that ensures all students are returned safely to parents. This process will occur at a pre-designated alternate site. Parents will be notified at the time of the incident of these locations and provided instructions on how to work through this process quickly and efficiently.