Currently, there are no emergencies in the district.
If your child's school is locked, it is because the school is conducting a "Code Red Lockdown Drill."
The J.O.Combs Unified School District routinely conducts these drills to practice emergency response procedures.
It is only a PRACTICE DRILL.
A drill will last 20 to 45 minutes. If there is a true emergency, we will post updated information about the emergency, including instructions on how you should proceed.
Please read the information below to familiarize yourself with the J.O. Combs Unified School District Emergency Response Plan.
When news breaks of an emergency at school, every parent's first reaction is to rush to the school to pick up his or her child. A large number of parents arriving at school can increase the risk to students. Also, there may be a need for the District to transport your child to an alternate location. Please do not drive to your child's school until you learn it is clear to do so.
Following are some tips for parents if an emergency should occur on or near school grounds:
The Combs District will initiate the Global Connect System. This system will contact each child's parent or guardian by phone to give an update of the situation. It is essential that you provide the school with your most updated contact information so Global Connect can reach you.
Please do not call the school. When a school is in lockdown, staff and teachers are unable to answer incoming calls. Tune your radio or TV to a local station for the latest information and updates. When we are aware of a station reporting District Emergency information, we will include the TV channel's number or Radio station's call sign at the top of this page.
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Picking up your child
Office staff will lock all access doors; put a sign on the front door stating that the school is in lockdown; and if necessary, they will proceed to a predetermined location away from the office. Some of the office staff initiates calls to the Police Department, District Office, Transportation, and related areas. Others will prepare to receive attendance counts and verify that everyone on campus (students, staff, volunteers, and visitors) is accounted for.
Students will stay in their rooms and remain quiet to make the room appear empty. If students are outside when the Code Red is called, they will proceed quickly to the nearest classroom regardless of whether it is their classroom or not.
Teachers will go to their doors; check nearby for students in the immediate area; close and lock their doors and turn down the lights. Teachers will make the room appear as if it is empty by keeping students quiet. Teachers then take attendance and provide the information to the office staff through a predetermined system.
All Other Supervisors
Supervisors will take attendance of all their personnel and vendors in their area.
We learn a great deal from every drill. We share information gained from these with the Emergency Response Team at regularly scheduled meetings. We learn what works well and what improvements we can make. This is why the drills are critical to the success and safety of all district students and staff!
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's school and ask for the Site Coordinator or Principal.