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Emergency Preparedness

The Wallenpaupack Area School District (WASD) takes proactive measures to protect the safety of all our students and staff members. WASD representatives collaborate with local emergency planning committees and emergency management teams, the groups that are planning our community’s responses to potential threats. Our plans are made in concert with all other local emergency preparedness plans and are based on the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Safe Schools.

The school district and each individual building have safety and security plans. The plans are designed with the help of school security staff members, as well as local law enforcement, emergency management, and public health officials. Plans are regularly reviewed and updated. These plans include procedures to respond to critical incidents, such as fire or tornado, and school system personnel practice these drills regularly.

Wallenpaupack Area School District 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 while they are at school. WASD also is a key resource for facilities in regional emergency response situations.

The actions taken during any type of emergency situation depend a great deal on the specifics of the incident. For example, one or more schools 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. The ability to remain flexible is a key component of each school's plan and of district wide preparations. Additionally, WASD would follow direction from public safety officials.

If you have questions about your child or about your school's safety and support responses, please contact your principal. Everyone in the Wallenpaupack Area School District continues to work to make all our schools safe and secure environments for all our students.

Emergency Messages

WASD broadcasts emergency messages, when necessary, using a number of media. General emergency messages and early and late school openings and closings can be found on the district website, www.wallenpaupack.org, and on local television and radio stations. Emergency messages are sent by phone using our automated calling system. Emergency messages are transmitted to local media, and parents are encouraged to listen to the radio or television.

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