School Safety

  • The Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District works closely with national, state and local safety officials – including police, fire, emergency medical services, and public health services – to ensure that we are prepared and that students are protected. The school district follows a comprehensive Emergency Response Plan to help staff and public safety partners respond swiftly should an emergency occur.   

    Preparing For A School Emergency

    Provide accurate contact information to your child’s school, including alternate phone numbers for you and your family/friends that you have arranged as your backup.  If this information changes, please update it immediately. 

    Talk with your child about the importance of following instructions in the event of an emergency. 

    If A School Emergency Occurs

    • Remain as calm as possible. 
    • Remain at home or at work to make it easier for officials to contact you if necessary.
    • Do not attempt to go into the school. Access routes and streets need to be clear for emergency vehicles. Traffic congestion will make emergency response much more difficult.  
    • Get accurate information and directions:
      • Listen for phone messages and check email.
      • Listen to the local TV/radio stations and check the District website for information.
      • Do not listen to rumors or respond to a child’s request to leave school.  Remind your child to stay calm and to follow instructions from school officials.  
    • Do not call your child on a cell phone.  If numerous people are using cell phones, it could jam the airwaves for emergency personnel.  This could lead to serious problems for our staff and students. 
    • Do not call your child's school, as phone lines need to remain open in order to deal with the emergency.

    Other Information

    In addition to the most commonly-known fire drill and emergency evacuation drill, below is a brief description of each of the other drills and procedures:

    • Severe Weather Drill: a procedure that requires students and staff to be moved away from harm while remaining inside the school building. Most commonly used in weather-related emergencies when students and staff need to move away from windows and doors.
    • Drug Search Dogs: A procedure that requires students and staff to remain inside classrooms while trained police dogs complete a search of hallways, lockers, and parking lots.  Dogs will not enter classrooms that hold students. 
    • Lockdown: A procedure where all school interior doors are locked, hallways are clear, and staff and students are secured in the rooms they are currently in.  This is most commonly used, in consultation with local police, if there is a serious problem or potential problem inside the school.
    • Lockout: A procedure in which all exterior doors are locked and no one is allowed to enter or leave the building. This procedure allows the school to continue with a normal school day, but restricts entry/exit.  This is most commonly used when an incident is occurring outside the school.

    What Parents Can Do

    Just as the District and schools have safety plans that we review and update, parents need to review their emergency plans.

    • Be sure you know what radio/tv station to listen to for emergency information. 
    • Be sure your child knows what to do/where to go if there is an emergency and no one is home. 
    • Be sure your child knows how to reach you. 
    • Talk to your child if they have an alternate drop location off for emergency dismissal.  Be sure the Transportation Department AND Main Office have updated and accurate alternate drop location off information. 
    • Be sure your child knows what to do if he/she comes home early.  Should your child call you or someone else to let you know? 
    • If your child has lost the key to the house and can’t get in, what should he/she do? 
    • Talk to your child about personal safety. 
    • Teach your child how to recognize danger signals. 
    • Make sure your child knows the sounds of smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire alarms, and sirens.  Be sure your child knows what to do when he/she hears them at home or in a public location.