Safety, School Alerts, and Weather
The safety of the school environment where your children spend much of their day is our top priority. While emergencies happen, the Ames CSD has plans in place to handle them efficiently with an informed and trained staff.
Our schools implement standard procedures in the event of an incident with defined courses of action for teachers, students and public safety agencies. Depending on the type of emergency, our response could include evacuation, shelter-in-place, hold-in-place, or lockdown. In every event, our primary objective is to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Our administrators are trained to remain flexible, to make situation-appropriate decisions, and to wisely and effectively use available crisis management tools.
Our plans are continuously updated and we periodically coordinate and practice our response with other emergency response agencies. School and District-wide crisis plans are not available for public distribution. Please understand the necessity for us to maintain the confidentiality and integrity of these plans for the safety of our students and staff.
However, parents and guardians also have a role when an incident occurs, whether school safety or weather. Please review what parents should do in an emergency, visitor safety procedures, and the ins and outs of school alerts to be prepared. These provide basic guidance on what the school is doing and what actions, if any, you should do. Please familiarize yourself with these procedures and discuss with your children where appropriate.
Please call your child’s school if you have questions.