Emergency Operations Plan

 

Families and communities expect schools to keep their children and youth safe from threats (human-caused emergencies such as crime and violence) and hazards (natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and accidents). In collaboration with the DuPage Regional Office of Education and community partners, Woodridge School District 68 has taken steps to plan for these potential emergencies through the creation of an emergency operations plan.

This basic plan outlines Woodridge 68’s approach to emergency management and operations. It has been developed to assist the district protect its staff and students during an emergency situation. This plan takes an all-hazard approach to emergency management and plans for mitigation/prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. To ensure security, specifics of the plan are only available internally and with specific community partners (e.g., Woodridge Police Department).

Mission and Goals

The mission of Woodridge School District 68 in an emergency/disaster is to:

  1. Protect lives and property
  2. Respond to emergencies promptly and properly
  3. Coordinate with local emergency operations plans and community resources
  4. Aid in recovery from disasters

The goals of Woodridge School District 68 in an emergency/disaster are to:

  1. Provide emergency response plans, services, and supplies for all facilities and employees
  2. Ensure the safety and supervision of students, faculty, staff and visitors to the school.
  3. Restore normal services as quickly as possible
  4. Coordinate the use of school personnel and facilities
  5. Provide detailed and accurate documentation of emergencies to aid in the recovery process

Board Policy 3520: Safety

Terminology

  • Evacuation: When conditions are safer outside than inside a building. Requires all staff and students to leave the building immediately. May also include moving to each building’s off-site evacuation location.  
  • Hold In Place And Teach: When there is an incident occurring inside the school (i.e. medical emergency, escalating student). For hazardous material release outdoors with toxic vapors, students and staff are to remain in their classrooms, windows and doors are sealed and all ventilation systems are shut off.
  • Secure Building And Teach: When there is a hazard outside the school building and/or when conditions are safer inside a building than outside. Instruction and all normal indoor work activity may continue as scheduled, unless otherwise directed.  
  • Armed Intruder: Clear and specific “plain language” is used to identify the location of intruder. Evacuation should occur if safe to do so, or a lockdown should take place if evacuation is not possible.  
  • Tornado: Students and staff drop low, take cover under furniture, cover eyes, head with hands and arms and protect internal organs.