District 39 prepares for a variety of emergencies through ISBE mandated drills, annual safety audit meetings, building-level crisis teams, and collaboration with the Village of Wilmette’s Fire and Police Departments.
Emergencies range from weather (tornado, storm) to potentially unsafe situations in a school building to possibly unsafe situations in the community. At times, district personnel (building or district level administrators) manage the situation and provide guidance to staff members. However, there could be an emergency situation where outside authorities (Police or Fire Department officials) are the leaders with our administrative staff supporting and following the directions given by others.
In the event it is not safe to remain in a school building but is safe to leave the school, students will be escorted to predetermined emergency shelter locations. With this action, parents will be notified of an off-site reunification location. There will be a high level of security in allowing children to leave the site and reunite with their families. District 39 will make every attempt to communicate with parents. Although difficult to do, parents should remain calm and wait for information and direction from the district.
As District 39 is prepared, it is critical for families to also prepare. Below are suggested measures families can take:
- Talk to your child about the possibility of emergencies and that adults will do everything they can to keep the child safe.
- Have up-to-date phone numbers and email addresses in the school registration system so school personnel can keep you informed.
- List alternate people that your child may be released to in case you are in a situation where you cannot get to the reunification site. Let your child know who may pick them up if it isn’t you.
For more information and tips on preparing your child for emergency situations, visit Ready.gov.