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Emergency Evacuation

Emergency Evacuation

Following an earthquake, during an evacuation drill, or ringing of the fire alarm, students need to be moved from their classrooms to a place of safety, and checked against an accurate list of attending students.
Any event that requires evacuation could be stressful for students (and staff). Be calm, and encourage the children to be calm.

The target for an evacuation is within two minutes, and is timed by the person instigating the drill. Drills will be held at different times of day to practise all contingencies, such as evacuation during assembly, during normal classtime, and during lunchbreaks.

The following guidelines ensure that everyone is well prepared for an evacuation procedure:

  • Evacuation drills are held each term. The dates of the drills will be noted in the principal’s reports to the board of trustees, and by individual staff in their planning records.
  • The school may at times liaise with the local Fire Service in arranging evacuation drills.
  • Evacuation procedures and escape routes are displayed in all classrooms and spaces around the school.
  • All teachers record attendance before 9.15 am, and keep their class list in a consistent place.
  • All teachers know the best route for their class to take to the assembly area.

The Evacuation Procedure

  1. After an actual earthquake, or on hearing the school evacuation alarm (continuous ringing of bells (earthquake drill)), take the students out through the nearest exits. Check all adjacent rooms, toilets, and other non-classroom areas. If it is safe to do so, close doors as rooms are vacated.
  2. Walk students in an orderly manner to the assembly area and assemble in class lines.
  3. Office staff bring a first aid kit from the school office to the assembly area.
  4. Take a roll check of your students and advise the principal.
  5. Do not allow any student to leave the assembly area until authorised by the principal.

If necessary, the principal implements the disaster management plan.


Earthquake Procedures

In the first instance when there is an earthquake we ask that staff follow the  DUCK  COVER  HOLD procedure with our learners in classes until the shaking stops. 

If students are outside classrooms they should get on the ground and cover their heads with their hands. 

If the earthquake is severe enough to cause damage to buildings we will start the evacuation procedure. In this case: 
• Staff are asked to ensure that learners leave the classroom in an orderly fashion and meet on the field where they will line up in classes as per our fire drill procedures.   
• Class teachers will be provided with an up to date attendance register and will complete a named roll call to check those learners present and absent.   
• All learners will remain on site until a parent or caregiver arrives at school to pick them up. They will be sent home with immediate family only unless this has been arranged and the school has been notified.

Tsunami Procedures 
If the school receives a Tsunami warning through Civil Defence channels or on the radio which tells us to evacuate, the following procedure will be put into effect: 
The school bell will be rung to start the evacuation procedure: 
Staff are asked to ensure that learners leave the classroom in an orderly fashion and proceed to the field where they will line up in classes as per our fire drill procedures.   
Teachers will be provided with an attendance list (register) and will complete a named roll call. 
If there is limited time to evacuate then all children will be hoisted onto the roof of the school.
If there is plenty of time then buses will be summoned and learners and staff will be evacuated to safer grounds.