Emergency Management Plan
Gadsden Elementary prioritizes the safety and wellbeing of its students and staff. The GESD consistently evaluates its emergency preparedness protocols throughout each school year in order to act rapidly and effectively in the case of an emergency or crisis. Part of that process involves active participation and collaboration with San Luis, AZ community partners such as the San Luis Police Dept. and Fire Department.
The following information provides parents and guardians with relevant information about emergency preparedness protocols.
Emergency Operations Plan
Gadsden ESD #32 has a comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan that addresses a multitude of school crisis situations. Administrators and staff at each school have been trained and conduct drills for each type of emergency situation – with and without students present.
Each school site conducts regular fire drills, lockdown drills, and bus evacuations throughout the school year with students and staff members.
Response to a lockdown
Evacuation and Reunification
An Evacuation (either from one room/building on-site to another or to an alternate location off-site) may be used for incidents such as gas leak, power outage, bomb threat, fire, etc.
In the event of an off-site evacuation, the district will implement its Reunification Plan and families will receive communication from the school district, advising them of the location and area in which they can pick up their child. Proper identification will be required upon parent pick-up to ensure a child’s safety. Please note, the Emergency Operations Plan includes specific guidelines for relocating students with special needs and non-English speaking students.
Communication During a School Emergency
It is important for communication purposes to ensure that your contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) is up-to-date as parents will be notified using this information during a school crisis. When you need to change your information, contact the front office of your child’s school.
Information regarding the emergency situation will be shared on the district’s website, social media platforms, and on our Edlio App. Updates will be given as information becomes available.
Please note that during a school crisis, the school may not answer the phone. The staff’s number one priority during crisis situations is to ensure everyone’s safety on campus. The district’s Communications Department will share information with families once it has been verified.
Depending on the type of crisis situation, students may be asked to text their parents and let them know that they are safe. In some crisis situations, students will not be allowed to use their phones.