Emergencies During the School Day
The last year has shown us that we are not immune to emergency events and we need to be prepared. The most recent events that impacted school operations were earthquakes and flooding, and these are the most likely to occur again.
If an event (earthquake, flood, fire) occurs during the school day, the Principal, taking into consideration advice from appropriate authorities (Civil Defence, Ministry of Education) will determine whether it is safe for the school to remain open. If the decision is made to close the school, this will be communicated to parents via email, facebook, on the school’s website and by phone when necessary.
Pick-up procedures will vary depending on the situation and information will provided at the time. If safe to do so, Preschool and Primary School students will remain in, and be picked up from, their classes while Middle and Secondary School students will move to the Jubilee Centre.
In the event of a school closure parents will be encouraged to pick up students as soon as possible. If parents are unable to get to school in a timely manner, students may be released to friends or family with the consent of parents. If students are unable to be picked up, they will either be transported home by a staff member (if safe to do so) or will remain at school with staff until they can be picked up.
If a major event occurs and travel is unsafe, all students and staff will remain at school until it is safe to leave. The school is prepared with emergency equipment, food and water, and blankets and bedding.
To prepare for emergency events, the school aims to practise at least four drills per year which include, fire, earthquake and lock-down drills, ensuring that all students are familiar with our emergency procedures.
School Closure Due to Emergency Before the Start of School
If a major event occurs during the night or weekend, the Principal, taking into consideration advice from appropriate authorities (Civil Defence, Ministry of Education) will determine whether it is safe to open.
If the decision is made to close the school, this will be communicated to parents via email, facebook and on the school’s website. When it is safe for the school to open, this will be communicated through the same channels.
Chilton Mobile App
A mobile app (in development) will provide another means of communication to parents. More information will be provided about this in the near future.