The nature of the emergency dictates which of the following protocols will be used. More than one protocol may be used during the course of the emergency.
Do the following:
- Rely on official City School District of Albany communications through our official channels
- Monitor local TV and radio stations for official updates from the district
- Follow instructions by public safety officials and district staff
But please do NOT:
- Call the school or district. Instead, stay tuned to district communication channels
- Go to the school, unless directed
- Call student or staff cell phones, as it may not be safe for them to communicate
- Most of all, please avoid spreading unofficial or unconfirmed information. Sharing incorrect or unconfirmed information during an emergency can result in widespread and unnecessary panic
Please be aware that following emergency responses requiring unification, students will only be released to individuals presenting photo ID and who are listed as primary or emergency contacts.
Shelter in Place
Students and staff are required to remain indoors because it’s safer inside than outside (such as during a tornado or other severe weather).
Hold in Place
Movement is limited when an internal incident arises (like a medical emergency or maintenance issue) to keep students and staff away from the affected area.
Students and staff are moved out of a building because it is safer outside than inside (as in the case of a fire, explosion or hazardous material spill).
The school building is secured due to a safety concern outside, such as a police activity nearby or a rabid animal on the playground. Regular activities continue inside the school.
This occurs when an incident poses an immediate threat of violence in or around the school. Students and staff take cover, remaining silent and out of view.