Last week, Dr. Camille Brown, the Associate Superintendent for the Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools, visited with our students, staff, and parents. One of the questions she asked of the parents was, “Do you know where your emergency site is if the school has to be evacuated?”
Can you answer that question?
At the beginning of the school year, the staff and faculty went through emergency preparedness training with officials from Frederick County and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). A comprehensive Crisis Management Plan was developed and implemented with the assistance of these officials. Our goal in doing this was to provide the safest environment possible for our school community here, and to be prepared to take action in the event of any type of emergency, from hurricanes and tornadoes to chemical spills and campus violence.
We use a variety of means to communicate with parents. For a brief summary of our policies and procedures, visit the Mother Seton School website, where we also have at your disposal our Mother Seton School Parent-Student Handbook, which details our Crisis Management Plan beginning on page 47. The information includes evacuation sites, as well as procedures for reunification.
With hurricane season approaching, it might be a good idea to take a look at the handbook and refresh yourselves on the Crisis Management policy. For our part, we will continue having drills so that our students and staff will be prepared.