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Emergency Protocols for Parents

The Chappaqua Central School District is committed to providing a safe environment for students, staff and visitors. 

In the event of an emergency, it is important for parents and guardians to be familiar with the way the District prevents and manages emergencies. This guide outlines key information and terms that are helpful to know in the event of an emergency situation.

District Emergency Information Guide for Parents & Guardians

During an Emergency

The cooperation of our families is critical to a successful district response.  During an emergency, we ask that you follow the following procedures.

When and why would the district issue an emergency protocol?

In the event of an emergency situation, please be assured that the District has an emergency management plan in place and that District, school, and first responders will act accordingly.

The District will provide ongoing information regarding the event, including specific instructions for parent/student reunification if necessary. Parents and guardians are encouraged to monitor phones and email regularly. Updates may also be posted on on our website.

How does the District respond to a wide range of emergencies?

Schools are required to engage in comprehensive emergency planning and training to prevent and manage emergencies in their buildings.  Emergencies may include facility failures such as a gas leak, accidents, medical emergencies, severe weather, or a intruder in the school. The following protocols may be used individually or in conjunction with one another to respond to a wide range of critical incidents.

Be Prepared as Family

Taking these steps now will ensure that your family is prepared for a school emergency.

A safe environment for students, staff & visitors

The Chappaqua Central School District works closely with area law enforcement, Fire, EMS, so that our schools are well-prepared in the event of an emergency. Each school conducts several drills throughout the school year to help students and staff prepare for possible emergencies. Each year, the District's Emergency Plan is reviewed and updated. The District-Wide School Safety Plan is posted on the District website. Building-Level plans are confidential for security reasons.

What are the daily security measures parents should be aware of?

Please note standard operating safety procedures require all exterior doors to be locked at all times.

Visitors must provide a government-issued photo ID, which will be scanned into the Visitor Management Database prior to building entry.

Staff are required to wear photo identification while on campus.

What to do after an emergency?

  • It is important to remain calm as children are greatly influenced by their family's sense of well-being.

  • Provide reassurance that your child is safe.

  • Families need to be compassionate listeners when their children speak of the crisis. Listen to and acknowledge your child’s concerns.

  • Please seek help from the school, District, or other mental health professionals if you/your child have any concerns.