Emergency Preparedness


Each school site, including Rheem, has a plan with specified roles and responsibilities for handling various types of emergencies. 

Specific safety procedures will be followed, depending on the type of emergency. Below is information about what procedures we use in each type of emergency. Every situation is unique, so school staff may adjust their response to address student safety first. 


A school implements one of the following procedures in response to a safety issue or emergency:



Lockdown or Modified Lockdown


A school building may go into lockdown when there is a safety concern on campus or police activity in the community. A school is ordered into lockdown by either law enforcement or the school principal.

Depending on the type of threat, a school may go into a lockdown or modified lockdown. 

Lockdown: During a lockdown, students and staff remain in classrooms behind locked doors, staying quiet, low and out of sight. Windows and blinds are closed; lights are turned off.

Modified Lockdown: Students can move about inside the school but not outside. Exterior doors are locked. Only known persons are allowed to enter. Exterior windows and blinds are closed.



A school building evacuation may occur in the event of a safety threat in which it would be safer for students and staff to be out of the building. Students are guided to an emergency assembly area.


Shelter in Place

A school may use "shelter-in-place" in case of hazardous materials being released into the atmosphere. Classroom heating and air vents are turned off and covered. Windows are closed.


Off-site Reunification

In the rare instance that students are transported to an off-site location due to an emergency, families will be notified of where and when to pick up your child. We will notify you using our emergency communication systems and the contact information you have previously provided to the school.






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