Student Safety Policy

  • Student Safety Policy

    The Cupertino Union School District is prepared in the event of an emergency. The District has a Disaster Preparedness Plan and each school has a disaster plan for student safety coordinated with the District plan. Principals and school staffs are prepared to make prompt and responsible decisions in any situation that could threaten the safety of students. The need to close a school and evacuate the students before the regularly scheduled closing time could arise from a relatively minor emergency such as a prolonged interruption of power, or from a major event such as fire, earthquake, or severe storm. At times, communication and/or transportation may be disrupted.

    IN THE EVENT OF A MAJOR DISASTER:

    • Information will be broadcast to parents over local radio stations KNBR -AM 680, KCBS-AM 740, KGO-AM 810, KLIV-AM 1590, KARA-FM 105.7, and/or local television station KNTV-Channel 11(NBC 3). Information also will be posted at the school site.
    • No student will be dismissed from school unless a parent (or individual designated in writing by a parent) comes for him/her.
    • No child will be allowed to leave with another person, even a relative or baby sitter, unless we have written permission to that effect or that particular person is listed on the student’s Enrollment/Health card in our files and is able to identify him/herself.  It is critical that the information on your student’s card be up-to-date.
    • All parents or designated persons who come for students must sign out at the school office or at the temporary student release station.  Signs will be posted if this alternate location is required.

    If you are not able to reach the school in an emergency, we will care for your child until you arrive (or the person designated in writing by you).  We have a number of staff members with first aid certificates and we will be in communication with local emergency services.  We do ask your help in the following ways:

    • Please do not call the school. We must have the lines open for emergency calls. Do turn to the above radio and television stations for information.
    • Following an earthquake or other emergency, do not immediately drive to the school.  The school access route and street entrance areas must remain clear for emergency vehicles and/or may be cluttered with debris.

    It is important that we be prepared personally and in relationship to others in our school community as well as the broader community. During the year your student will be trained in the necessary emergency procedures. Students will learn how to react, where to assemble, and what to expect in an emergency situation. Education and preparation are our best allies. If you have any questions regarding your school’s disaster plan for student safety, please call the Cupertino Union School District Office at (408) 252-3000, Ext. 61-341.