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Security & Emergency Information

Checking in:

All visitors must report to the school office before visiting a classroom or picking up a student from school. Parents needing to take a child out of school during regular school hours must check the child out at the office. Teachers are not to dismiss any child from school before dismissal without communication from the office. No student will be released from school, except to a parent, guardian, or designee. Students will not be released to a designee without prior notification from parents. This procedure helps to insure that students are accounted for at all times. Please provide court-ordered custodial documents as applicable for individual students.

Parents are urged to leave their children in school all day. To allow for smooth dismissals, please do not pick your child up before dismissal. Doctor or other appointments should be scheduled outside of school hours whenever possible.
 
Emergency Closings:

The school district currently is utilizing a phone system (Power Announcement) which calls parents to inform them of school closings or emergencies. The system will also send email alerts and/or text messages. The contact information is provided from each school's database. Consequently it is essential that parents update their information to their child's school when changes occur to their address, home and cellular phone numbers and additional contact information.

When there is an emergency or weather-related closing in the school district, announcements via Power Announcement will be made as soon as possible. Information about school cancellations may be found on the district website, Channel 20 and on the following radio and television stations:

KBBE 96.7 FM

KNGL 1540 AM

KAKE Channel 10 TV

KSN Channel 3 TV

When a tornado or other severe weather is threatening, students will not be dismissed until the all clear is issued by emergency management or a central office administrator.
 
Bicycle Safety:

Since many kindergarten and first grade students have not reached the maturity level required to shoulder the responsibility for their own safety, only students in grades 2-5 are permitted to ride bicycles to school, unless accompanied by parent. Bicycle helmets should be worn.

Bicycles are to be parked AND LOCKED in the bicycle racks provided. Bicycles should be walked on the school grounds. Bicycle riders who do not obey all safety regulations will lose the privilege to ride a bicycle to school.
 
Kansas School Safety Hotline:

The Kansas Legislature established a statewide school safety hotline that will be staffed by the Kansas Highway Patrol. The purpose of the hotline is to give students an opportunity to report "impending school violence." The toll-free Kansas School Safety Hotline number is 1-877-626-8203.
 
Pedestrian Safety:

The safety of your child is one of our major concerns. Your cooperation is needed to build good safety habits. Your child is urged to: walk on sidewalks; cross only when traffic is clear of the intersection, only at marked crossings, and, if possible, where crossing guards and/or traffic lights are located; never enter an automobile driven by a stranger; and travel directly to and from school along predetermined walkways. Crossing guards are on duty before school and after school.