In the Event of an Emergency
It is imperative that you do not respond to the school unless you are contacted by school authorities and asked to do so. As you are aware, our school system has a very strong partnership with Henrico County’s departments of Police, Fire, and Emergency Services, and those resources will be mobilized whenever they are needed. Your decision to respond to the school during an emergency will interfere with the ability of emergency service vehicles to get into and out of the school zone and possibly compromise the safety of everyone involved in the emergency. Please read the “Crisis Preparedness: Parents and School Emergencies Handbook,” and follow the instructions presented.
We constantly monitor local and national situations, and we will make decisions regarding safety and security as the need arises. In the event of certain emergency situations, students will be moved to a safe location within the building, we will communicate closely with emergency teams, and individuals will not be allowed to enter the building. It is important to understand that coming to school in such a situation can endanger you and others. For your information, the Greater Richmond Public Safety Officials have placed safety plans on page 6 of the yellow pages in the phone book, and the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security web site www.ready.gov provides information to help citizens prepare for a variety of situations.
In the event of a local or national emergency: Henrico County Public Schools will broadcast pertinent school information as soon as possible on HCPS TV, the phone notification system, post it on our website at www.henrico.k12.va.us, and communicate information through local media outlets.The safety and security of our students and staff members is a number one priority for our school system, and the best preparation is a well-informed community and a coordinated agency response. If you have questions, please call your local school or our public relations office at 804-652-3726. We appreciate your cooperation as we take precautionary actions on behalf our children and work together to maintain a secure environment on behalf of our students.