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Welcome back to our Safety and Security Campaign. If you missed the previous protocol, please check out the previous article and video. Or, if you’re unfamiliar with what “I Love U Guys” means, read the overview article here.
To recap, we’re looking at the “I Love U Guys” standard response protocols, offering insights on how school staff is continuously preparing for critical response, and sharing information on how you and your students can better prepare for the unexpected.
This week we’re covering “Evacuate.” Before we review the symbol, signs, and actions for this protocol, we’ll listen to a story about a relevant emergency from a friend in the district that demonstrates the value in utilizing I Love U Guys protocols and preparations.
Our district storyteller today is me– Spencer Tuinei, Communications Specialist. I’m sharing my story of a real fire that broke out during my first day teaching in a school outside of our state and the lessons I learned after my experience.
Here’s where the Evacuation Response comes in. The call-sign for the protocol is “EVACUATE!,” meaning, “Evacuate to a Specific Location.” Evacuate is ordered when people must EXIT the building due to unsafe circumstances such as fire or hazmat situations in the area, or due to threats of violence from persons with weapons (which is decided by administration depending on the situation– we have other procedures that might be called in cases of violence, which we’ll review in a later video).
When ordered, staff will:
- Lead students to evacuation location
- Account for students and adults
- Notify if there are missing, extra, or injured students or adults
When ordered, students will:
- Leave stuff behind if required
- Bring their phones, if possible
- Await instructions from teacher
And lastly, here is a list of general, preparative actions for the protocol that we can take from my story:
- Know who you are in charge of (or who is in charge of you) in case of an emergency.
- Locate and prepare your emergency binder and name plate before the first case of school. Print a physical copy of their roll to keep in their emergency binders.
- Know where you are meeting in case of an emergency.
- If you are at a school or district building, know your emergency route and emergency meeting location.
For families who’d like to learn more, download our Emergency Reference Checklist and Tips, or browse the I Love U Guys website for more information.
Keep in mind that this is a broad overview of the protocol– more comprehensive training and training documents are available for staff members. Still, the goal is to put everyone on the same page to speak the same, simplified language in an emergency.
And that concludes this week’s coverage of the first I Love You Guys.
Thanks for checking in, stay tuned for more safety and security information, and stay safe.