RSD Communications

Emergency Communications

What to expect in an emergency:

In an emergency situation, your first reaction may be to call or come to the school. While that is a natural response, it may interfere with emergency agencies that are dealing with the situation. We ask that instead of going to the school, you rely on district emergency resources for information. In the event of an emergency at your child’s school, you will be notified via ParentSquare as soon as it is safe for staff to communicate and we have accurate information to share. The first notification made will always be to law enforcement, for the safety of our students and staff members in the buildings. 

Social media is not always a reliable source of accurate information, we encourage you to rely on messages sent directly from the district, which are coordinated with our law enforcement partners to ensure accuracy. Our first priority is establishing safety of the students and staff.

What type of emergencies might impact my child’s school?

All emergencies impact schools, including local and national events. Here are some examples of emergencies and the actions a school may take in response:

  • Severe weather – may result in early dismissal, late start, cancelled school, or shelter-in-place
  • Missing person or student – may result in a lockdown
  • Fire – may result in evacuation or shelter-in-place, depending on location and severity
  • Weapons – may result in an evacuation or a lockdown
  • Bomb Threat – may result in an evacuation
  • Chemical/Hazmat/Biological Materials – may result in an evacuation or shelter-in-place, depending on the location and type of incident
  • Intruder – may result in a lockdown or evacuation, depending on the circumstances

Emergency Preparedness
During an emergency situation, school officials must act quickly to secure schools, safeguard students and staff, and communicate promptly. Parents can help by being prepared before an emergency happens. Here are a few critical things you can do:

  • Give schools accurate contact information
  • Talk to your children about what to do, reinforce the importance of following instructions, and assure them that you will be able to find them after the emergency
  • Provide names and contact information for people authorized to pick up your children
  • Notify school officials if you see a dangerous or suspicious situation at school
  • If your child is on medication, be sure the school has at least a 1-2 day supply

School Actions

Redmond School District follows the standard response protocols of the I Love U Guys Foundation.

  • Lockdown secures the building and safely shelters all students, staff, and visitors inside the school building.
  • Secure is a modification of a lockdown which keeps students in the school, prevents entrance into the school, and allows the school day to continue within the building.
  • Evacuation requires students, staff, and visitors to exit an unsafe school building.

Contact Us

Holly Brown, Public Information Officer
holly.brown@redmondschools.org 541.923.8233

 

 

 

Want to know more about the protocols? 

Parent Handout – English 

Parent Handout – Spanish

Communication
It is understandable that parents will want to get in touch with their children in the event of an emergency. However, calling your child’s cell phone may prevent them from hearing important, even life-saving information. Students will be able to use cell phones if they need immediate assistance and once they are safe. Please avoid calling the school during an emergency – the school staff will be dealing with the situation and may not be available to answer the phone. Parents should use district emergency channels to get information during an emergency.

Finding your child after an emergency
Parents will be informed through district emergency channels when and where to be reunited with their children.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Redmond School District is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its educational and employment activities.

The District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, marital status or age in its programs and activities.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination:

District 504 Contact:
Tami Nakamura, Director of Student Support | Email | (541) 923-8258

District Title VI, Title IX, Age Discrimination & American Disabilities Act:

Kelly Hicks, Director of Human Resources | Email | (541) 923-8922
Heather Petersen, Assistant Director of Human Resources/DEI Specialist | Email | (541) 923-8924

View our Discrimination Complaint/Grievance Procedure

View our Public Complaint Policy Procedure

Redmond School District | 145 SE Salmon Drive. | Redmond, OR | 97756 | P: 541.923.5437