• In case of an emergency, we know you want your child and the school to be as prepared as possible. Blue Hills School has an extensive Emergency Plan in place. Each classroom has been equipped with first aid supplies, flashlights, food and other essential equipment. During the year, we will have drills such as fire drills and also  full-scale earthquake and Run Hide Defend drills. Students will learn how to react, where to assemble, and what to expect in an emergency situation. The following procedures are designed to ensure student safety and reduce parental anxiety in the event of an emergency.


    In the event of a fire, the staff and students at Blue Hills will:

    Evacuate with classroom emergency backpacks to the field next to the blacktop
    Account for all students and assess injuries
    Triage and first-aid as needed
    Set up a Communication Command Center

    In the event of an earthquake, the staff and students at Blue Hills will:

    “Duck, Cover and Hold”
    Evacuate with classroom emergency backpacks to the field next to the blacktop
    Account for all students and assess injuries
    Set up a Communication Command Center
    Activate search and rescue procedures, triage and first-aid as needed

    In the event of a high-risk intruder on campus, the staff and students at Blue Hills will:

    Activate “Run, Hide, Defend” (previously “Code Red”) and follow procedures as directed by Incident Command/Principal

    Information about Student Release:

    No students will be released until at least 15 minutes after the onset of the emergency or evacuation from the buildings. This allows staff time to assess damage and activate our emergency procedures.
    Students will only be released to people listed on the student’s emergency card in our files. Please keep your student’s emergency card up to date. All parents or designated people who come for students can sign out students only at the Student Release Area. Signs will be posted. Photo ID will be required.

    We are prepared to care for your student in times of emergency situations. If you are not able to reach the school, we will care for your student here. We have people with first aid training and we will be in communication with various local emergency services. We do ask for your help in the following areas:

    Please do not call the school – we must have the lines open for emergency calls and we will not have anyone in the office
    Do not immediately drive to the school – streets and access to our school may be cluttered with debris. If you can walk to school that is preferable. The school access route and street entrance areas must remain clear for emergency vehicles.
    In the event of a “Run Hide Defend” you will not be allowed access to the campus until the all clear is given.
    Turn your radio to KCBS (740 AM) or another radio news channel for information and directions
    Bring photo ID when you come to pick up your students (driver’s license, California ID or passport). No work badges! When you arrive at the campus, follow the directions of the school staff and PLEASE BE PATIENT. We are responsible for each student and must be allowed to account for each student to ensure safety for all. Please consider coming to school and volunteering your services to help in the case of an emergency. 

    If an Earthquake Hits During School Hours:

    1)     What happens first?

    Cover and hold procedures will happen in all areas of the school. When safe, evacuation will take place.

    2)     Intensity of earthquake

    Depending on the severity of the earthquake, the students will remain in evacuation mode or return to class. If the earthquake is minor, students will return to class when they are told to, the evacuation is over and things resume as normal. If safety is a concern, staff will then have duties to do. Once student attendance is taken, the staff will jump into their designated emergency roles in the event of a disaster.

    3)     How will parents be notified?

    If possible, we will choose email or text messaging as a primary form of communication. If the internet is not available, you can contact the District Office at 408-252-3000 to find out the status of our schools. Calling Blue Hills may be difficult if we are in evacuation mode since no one will be in the office to receive calls. Please make sure we have current emails and phone numbers so that you will receive our automated notifications.

    4)     What will the staff be doing if we evacuate?

    Staff roles include: First-Aid, Utilities & Hazards, Damage Assessment, Food & Water, Search & Rescue, Student Release, Student Supervision, Sanitation, Communication, Traffic Control and Shelter.

    5)     What should I do?

    Report to the school. Be aware that you will not be able to drive into the driveway. The driveway will be closed to all traffic except for emergency vehicles. If you live close enough, walking would be best to reduce traffic in the neighborhood.

    6)     Student Release

    IF YOU HAVE SOMEONE IN MIND TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD, THEY MUST BE ON THE ENROLLMENT/HEALTH CARD. If you are not sure or need to add someone to it, please come to the office and check. It is never too late to do so – an earthquake can happen at any time. Please be patient with our school staff as we carefully reunite each child with their parents. If the person coming to pick up your child does not speak English or is not comfortable with English, it is helpful to have a pre-written note with them that includes their name (we will check ID and emergency card) and the student’s name. EVERYONE MUST HAVE PHOTO ID.

    7)     What can parents do?

    If you are willing to volunteer, there will be a place for adult volunteers to help out after an evacuation occurs.