Information for Parents
What parents and guardians should do to prepare for a school emergency
- Please be sure emergency contact information on file at school is up to date. Include home, work, and cellular telephone numbers for all parents/guardians. Be sure the name(s) of adults authorized to pick up your child are up-to-date. The school will not release a student to someone whose name is not on the list. Positive identification will be required.
- Inform your school's nurse if your child has any medical
conditions or physical limitations that the nurse or emergency responders would
need to know. If your son or daughter requires medication during the school day or during an emergency, consult with your child's pediatrician to determine the number of doses and dispensing instructions that should be provided to the school nurse.
- Establish a
emergency plan including a communications
plan. This plan will enable you to communicate with family members
during an emergency. Information on creating a plan can be found on the
Procedures Following a School-Based Emergency
- If there is a school emergency, parents and guardians will be
contacted via the school district's mass notification system. The
system can provide information via telephone and electronic mail.
- If there is an emergency at school, please do not call the
school! Administrators will be busy managing the incident, and
they will need open telephone lines.
- Students will be kept in school, at a neighboring school, or
other shelter until the end of the school day.
- Please do not go to the school unless instructed!
- If students are moved from the school to a shelter AND you are asked to pick up your child at the shelter, bring a government issued
identification card (e.g., driver’s license, passport, etc.) and check in with school officials.
- Students will be released to parents or guardians who have presented acceptable identification and who are named on the student
emergency information card.
- If an authorized adult (whose name is listed on the student emergency information card) is unable pickup a child, the child will remain at the shelter or reunification site.
Bullying and Harassment
What is bullying? Any written or verbal expression, or physical acts or gestures, directed at another person(s) to intimidate, frighten, ridicule, humiliate, or cause harm to the other person, where the conduct is not related to the person's membership in a protected class (e.g., race, sex). Bullying may include, but is not limited to, repeated taunting, threats of harm, verbal or physical intimidation, cyber-bullying through
e-mails, instant messages, or websites, pushing, kicking, hitting, spitting, or taking or damaging another's personal property. Bullying behavior may also constitute a crime.
Be sure to check out the "Bullying
Prevention and Awareness" page for valuable information.
How can I tell if my child is being bullied?
If your child shows several of these warning signs, it's possible he
or she is being bullied. You may want to talk with your child to find
out what is troubling him or her, and schedule a conference to discuss
your concerns with school staff.
- comes home from school with torn or dirty clothing, or damaged
- has cuts, bruises or scratches
- has few, if any, friends to play with
- seems afraid to go to school, or complains of headaches or
- doesn't sleep well or has bad dreams
- loses interest in schoolwork
Talking with Your Child About
- Talk often with your child and listen carefully. Ask about your child’s school day, activities and friends.
- Ask if your child feels safe and comfortable at school.
- Talk about what bullying means. Teach that bullying is unacceptable and can be dangerous.
- Encourage your child to tell you when bullying happens at school.
- Stop hurtful sibling teasing and bullying when it happens at home.
- Tell your child that bullying is disrespectful and can be dangerous.
- Hazing is a form of group bullying and can be against the law.
- Bullying of a sexual nature is sexual harassment and is against
the law. Bullying on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, disability
or sexual orientation is a form of hate behavior and is in some
cases a hate crime.
While on-line computer exploration opens a world of possibilities for
children, expanding their horizons and exposing them to different
cultures and ways of life, they can be exposed to dangers as they hit
the road exploring the information highway. Review
A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety available from the FBI.
Counseling & Mental Health
A traumatic event such as a family, school, or community emergency can
be overwhelming for those who experience it. A traumatic event often
leaves a person feeling vulnerable or helpless. Lexington Public Schools
has experienced psychologists and mental health professionals who can provide assistance.
Check out the resources page for links to information on
counseling and mental health services.