We have emergency supplies
Schools have emergency supplies, including a supply of food and water, as well as first aid supplies, rescue equipment, and other basic necessities. These supplies are inspected regularly and used during drills. Most schools also have additional emergency supplies located in each classroom.
We conduct regular drills
Schools conduct regular emergency drills. Every elementary school conducts one fire drill a month and high schools conduct one every semester. In addition, schools conduct at least one earthquake drill a year as part of the Great California ShakeOut in which they practice search and rescue and medical response techniques. All schools conduct a second supplementary drill in the spring to review lockdown procedures. Each school has a Safe School Plan customized to each individual school’s needs that plans for all kinds of hazards and emergency situations.
We have safe buildings
Public K-12 schools in California are legally required by the Field Act to be built to a higher construction standard than other buildings and are inspected more frequently – this makes them less likely to collapse during an earthquake. Schools are also provided with fire alarms, sprinklers and extinguishers which guard against fires. Each school also undergoes safety inspections by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, and the local Fide Department. In addition, almost all LAUSD schools are fenced around the entire perimeter, and have gated access. During the school day, there is only one gate through which someone can access the school.
We have trained personnel at schools
Teachers are required to hold a first aid certification to get hired and most schools have a nurse. There are numerous first aid and CPR courses offered through the district for free to school personnel. In addition, free online courses in disaster preparation and response and emergency management are offered to every school district employee through the STEPS program. If there is an emergency at school, school personnel have been trained, and will react quickly to protect children. LAUSD has its own police force to help with safety and security.
Keep Yourself Informed
Keep yourself informed of school procedures by attending parent meetings, reading the student-parent handbook, and school newsletter, and checking the school website periodically. Attend emergency drills at your child’s school, and make sure that your family is prepared for emergencies, too.