School Safety Week in Iowa provides the opportunity to remind parents and guardians of the school district’s work to prevent, respond to, and communicate in emergency situations within our schools.
The Council Bluffs Community School District is pleased to partner with the Council Bluffs Police Department, other local law enforcement and emergency responders in a Standard Response Protocol. Whether there is threat of severe weather, a fire, or another threat to safety in our schools, we are taking specific action to protect students, staff and visitors. We want parents and guardians to be aware of this protocol, which is described on the flyer on the back of this letter.
The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is a widely-used protocol that focuses on practicing simple and specific responses to emergency situations. Staff members at all of our school buildings have been trained in emergency response and hold regular drills with students. We also take precautionary measures to secure our buildings, including security cameras, secured doors at elementary and middle schools, one-entrance access to high schools, school resource officers at middle and high schools, and visitor sign in requirements.
We make it a priority to communicate with parents/guardians as soon as practical when there is a safety concern at the school. This will occur once measures have been taken to respond to the emergency to help ensure the safety of students, staff and visitors, and when accurate information is confirmed. We realize that students often text or call parents when the school implements a safety protocol. Please know that we do our best to communicate specifics with students in a timely manner. However, your child may not have all of the information and may unknowingly share incomplete or inaccurate information with you.
The School Messenger automated calling and email system is the primary way we communicate during an emergency. Please make sure you update your phone number and email address if there are changes and ensure you do not block the school district’s calls. Also, please make sure to listen to the message in full, and press the * key if you want to re-play the message. In addition, you are encouraged to please download the free school district mobile app (Council Bluffs Comm Schools) so that you can receive emergency alerts on your phone or tablet. The social media sites of Facebook and Twitter may be used to update parents in addition to School Messenger.
During a school emergency, we ask that parents do not come to or call the school, or approve your child to leave school grounds. It is important to keep the streets and parking area near the school, and phone lines open for emergency responders and communication. We need to be able to effectively account for all students and staff following an incident.
Click here to review the Standard Response Protocol
School Safety Week in Iowa provides the opportunity to remind parents and guardians of the school district’s work to prevent, respond to, and communicate in emergency situations within our schools. The Council Bluffs Community School District is pleased to partner with the Council Bluffs Police Department, other local law enforcement and emergency responders in a Standard […]