Emergency School Evacuation

The Finley School District has potential industrial hazardous sites within its boundaries. In the case of an accident involving the atmospheric release of volatile and toxic materials, it may be necessary to evacuate one or more of the Finley Schools. In other cases, we may seal the buildings and shelter in place.

Therefore, the Finley School District wants its patrons to know about and understand the school evacuation plan. It has been designed to insure the safety of the students and staff in case of an accident requiring an evacuation.

Should an emergency or disaster situation ever arise in our schools or community, we want you to be aware that the schools have made preparations to respond effectively to such situations. Our school district has a detailed disaster plan formulated to respond to major catastrophes, including earthquakes. Should we experience an emergency or disaster during school hours, your student(s) will be cared for at their school until you pick them up, or until it is safe to transport students home by school district transportation.

Your cooperation and assistance is necessary in the following ways during any emergency.
  1. Do not telephone the school. Telephone lines may be needed for emergency communications.

  2. In the event of a serious earthquake or disaster, students will be kept at their school until they are picked up by a responsible adult who has been identified as such on the School Emergency Information Form. Parents are required to fill out this form at the beginning of every school year. Please be sure to consider the following criteria when you authorize another person on the card to pick up your child:

    * They are 18 years of age or older

    * They are usually home during the day

    * They could walk or drive to school, if necessary

    * They are known to your child

    * They are both aware and able to assume the responsibility

  3. If students are to be kept at school, the Emergency Radio/TV system will be used to notify the public. The decision will be based upon the emergency/disaster and whether or not roads in the area are open. All efforts will be made to contact parents as well. However, please keep in mind the enormity of attempting to contact all parents/guardians.

  4. Impress upon your child the need for him/her to follow the directions of any school personnel in times of an emergency.
Students will be released only to parents or persons identified on the School Emergency Information Form. During an extreme emergency, students will be released at designated areas on the school campus. Parents should be patient and understanding with the student release process. Please instruct your student to remain at school until you or your designee arrives.

School evacuation may be triggered by notification from Benton County Emergency Management, Benton County Fire, or other emergency agencies. The Superintendent of Schools or her designee will direct the evacuation. In the case of a hazardous release or chemical spill near the school, “Shelter-in-Place” procedures will be implemented to provide protection. As per the building plan, all students and staff will report to their classrooms or designated shelter areas. All efforts will be made to keep outside air from entering the classrooms. Benton County Emergency Services will notify the district when the danger is over.

In all instances of an emergency, parents will be directed to the destination student pickup points using the Emergency Radio/TV system. We ask that parents DO NOT come to the school location during an emergency or evacuation, and please stay away from the evacuation routes.