The Haverford School takes proactive measures to protect the safety of all its students and staff members. We have modeled our plans after those developed by Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia, which have been cited by the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the American Prepared Campaign as national models, modifying them in concert with our local emergency preparedness regulations.
The plans were designed with the help of school administrators, school public safety staff members, as well as local law enforcement, emergency management, and public health officials. Our program:
- examines potential emergencies and disasters based on the risk posed by likely hazards
- develops and implements programs and actions aimed toward reducing the impact of these events on the School
- prepares for those risks that cannot be eliminated, and
- prescribes the actions required to deal with the consequences of the events and takes action to quickly recover from the event.
Our emergency planning focuses on the four (4) phases of emergency management: Mitigation/Prevention, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.
Plans are regularly reviewed and updated. These plans include procedures to respond to critical incidents, such as fire or tornado, and school personnel practice these drills regularly.
The Haverford School works in close collaboration with local, state, and federal health, safety, and emergency personnel to develop and maintain plans for coping with a variety of emergency response situations. These plans involve efforts to protect all students, employees, and visitors while they are at the School.
The actions taken during any type of emergency situation depend a great deal on the specifics of the incident. For example, one or more divisions may Evacuate, Lock Down, or initiate a Shelter in Place response, according to the nature of the threat. The main objective is the protection of the students and staff members. School administrators have a variety of "tools" to use and have received training on how to work with each of these situations. The ability to remain flexible is a key component of a school's plan and of division-wide preparations. Additionally, The Haverford School would follow direction from public safety officials.