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Safety Tips

8-31-17

 

Dear Matheson Park ES Families,

 

The safety of our students continues to be of utmost importance at Matheson Park ES.    Throughout the year, we practice safety drills to help our students know what to do in case of an emergency.  ALL APS schools practice the following emergency procedures: Fire Drills, Lockdowns, and Shelter-in Place. 

What is a Lockdown? A lockdown is ordered (by the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, Albuquerque Police Department, or APS School Police) when a dangerous person is on or near a campus.

  • Here's what happens during a lockdown:
  • Bathrooms, cafeteria doors, office doors, and gates are locked.
  • Students are moved out of the hallways and into the nearest classrooms immediately. They must stay in those rooms until they are cleared to leave by public safety personnel.
  • Students and staff are kept away from doors and windows.
  • All doors are closed and locked to protect students and staff from the threat.
  • All blinds are closed. Lights are kept on.
  • Attendance is taken.
  • Everyone remains quiet.
  • APS has written security procedures for every school.

 

What is a Shelter-in-Place? Shelter-in-Place is similar to a lockdown, except that the students and staff are allowed to move around inside their classroom. They are allowed to have organized and supervised restroom breaks, medical attention, food, and water if necessary. No one is allowed in or out of the building.

The decision to go from a lockdown to a shelter-in-place will be a joint decision made by the APS Police Department, the principal and the appropriate superintendent. This decision will be made only when APS School Police have confirmed that there is no imminent danger to the students or staff of the affected school.  Students are allowed to continue their studies in a supervised classroom that is locked and secure. All students are physically supervised during a shelter-in-place.

 

The safety of our students to and from school is also a priority.  Below are some tips on making sure your children stay safe while traveling to and from school

 

Traveling To and From School

  • Map out with your children a safe way for them to walk to school or to the bus stop. Avoid busy roads and intersections. Do a trial run with them to point out places they should avoid along the way, such as vacant lots, construction areas, and parks where there are not many people.
  • Teach children to follow traffic signals and rules when walking or biking. Stress that they should cross the street at crosswalks or intersections with crossing guards when they can.
  • Encourage children to walk to school or the bus stop with a sibling or friend, and to wait at bus stops with other children.
  • Teach children not to talk to strangers, go anywhere with them, or accept gifts from them without your permission. Tell them that if they see a suspicious stranger hanging around or in their school they should tell an adult.
  • Help children memorize their phone number and full address, including area code and zip code. Write down other important phone numbers such as your work and cell phone on a card for your children to carry with them.

On the bus

  • Have your children arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to pick them up.
  • Make sure children know to stand on the sidewalk or on the grass while waiting for the bus.
  • Teach children to make sure they can see the bus driver and the bus driver can see them before crossing in front of the bus. Tell them to never walk behind the bus.

Thank you for your support and cooperation in keeping our students safe. If you have additional questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact me at 291-6837

 

Sincerely,

Jacqueline Lovato/Principal

Matheson Park ES

Posted by: Julie Zerby Published:9/1/17
Audience: Homepage