What Should Parents Know Before a School Emergency Happens?
The most important step that parents can take in helping schools respond in an emergency is to ensure that the student’s emergency contact information is updated and correct. Parents should contact their child’s school office to update information if they move or obtain a new phone number.
Dalton Public Schools has a parent notification system that is used during inclement weather and in the event of a crisis. Parents and guardians can be notified by text, email or phone call. Parents should ensure that they have selected their preferred communication method and have accurate contact information on file.
What Should Parents Do In the Event of a Crisis at their Child’s School?
Don’t call the school
Should a crisis happen at your child’s school, please do not call the school. During an emergency, schools need open phone lines to be able to contact first responders. Tying up phone lines may hamper the ability for school officials to communicate as needed.
Don’t go to the school
Do not go to the school. Parents and guardians who rush to the school may impede traffic and hinder emergency response vehicles from quickly getting to the scene. Also, during a crisis, police will not allow anyone on the school grounds until the situation has been resolved. You could put your own life in danger.
Wait for Communication from the School/District
Be assured that school officials will contact parents with information and directions as soon as possible. Our first response is to ensure the safety of all students and staff. We will communicate vital information to you as soon as it is available.