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Fire & Disaster Drills

Fire drills are conducted monthly and disaster preparedness drills are conducted periodically to practice safe and efficient egress from classrooms and our site. These drills are mandated by Education Code and occur on every campus throughout the State. If a disaster occurs, students will remain on campus (if circumstances allow) until parents and/or their designees sign them out. Students will not be released to anyone who is not listed on the Emergency Card.  All adults must be prepared to show photo identification.

Lockdown Drills

Lockdown drills are conducted periodically during the school year to ensure that students and staff are familiar with this important emergency procedure. The school may be placed under lockdown if an emergency situation, on campus or in the vicinity of the school, endangers student and staff safety. During a lockdown, staff immediately implement several security measures: doors and windows will be locked; gates will be locked; no one will be permitted to leave campus; and no parents or visitors will be allowed to enter campus. The Manhattan Beach Police Department will instruct staff and parents of specific procedures given the unique circumstances of the incident.

Emergency Preparedness: What parents should do before a disaster occurs

  1.  Be sure that your child’s Infosnap information is accurate and current.  The only people, other than yourself, that may sign out your child from school are those that you have listed.  Inform those people you have listed that they are authorized to remove your child in an emergency.
  2. Prepare your child.  Please tell your child who has your permission to pick him/her up if you are unable to do so.  Be sure that your child understands that it may take hours for someone to pick him/her up.  Reassure your child that he/she is safe and will be cared for at school until you arrive.  Children who are prepared experience less fear.
  3. Prepare yourself and your entire family for a crisis.  If you are calm and confident, your child will feel confident and secure. 
  4. Be informed and know about the hazards in your area.  Have evacuation routes and disaster plans established before an emergency.
  5. Develop a family disaster plan.  Being prepared will help the entire family cope and have a greater sense of control.
  6. Assemble an emergency supply kit at home and in your car.

Emergency Preparedness: What parents should do after a disaster occurs

At Home Parents, please:

  1. Assure your personal safety first. Children will be cared for until your arrival.
  2. Remember, remaining calm and safe outweighs the need for speed.
  3. Prepare to arrive calm, patient, and ready to follow school personnel directions.
  4. If possible, walk to school. Streets will be clogged with emergency vehicles.
  5. Leave a message at home and /or on your voicemail indicating when you left and where you went. Others may be looking for you.
  6. Do not call the school.  Phone lines will be used by emergency personnel only and must remain open at all times.
  7. Have a pre-planned emergency family plan for home (i.e. who collects the kids from school, who goes home, where you are meeting your family, etc.).

Arrival at School:

  1. Campus may be closed. If so, parents will be expected to wait until authorized personnel begin the Student Release Process.
  2. Students will be signed out in an orderly manner. Removing students from campus without signing out will hamper efforts to account for everyone’s safety.
  3. Classroom teachers will release students to parents and persons (known to teacher) on the Pacific Emergency Card or emergency form in zip-lock bags.
  4. Other persons listed on the Pacific Emergency Card or emergency form in zip-lock bags will need to report first to the check out location on the south field.  These persons will then bring the teacher a form signed by school personnel, so that the child can be released.
  5. Parents/Emergency designee will be required to sign release form, and present I.D.
  6. Students will be evacuated from their classrooms or one of the following assembly areas depending on the situation. Signs will be posted to indicate which location students are waiting
    • Upper Playground (Pacific Avenue and Manhattan Beach Blvd.)
    • Center Field (Poinsettia and 17th St.)
    • American Martyrs Parking Lot (off-site evacuation location)

Items to bring: (1) Driver’s license or (2) photo identification

Classroom and Site Provisions:

  1. Pacific Safety Plan/Safety Clipboard in each classroom and common areas.
  2. Evacuation Map
  3. Classroom emergency backpack supplies
  4. Individual student zip-lock emergency supplies assembled at home, stored in class.
  5. Site emergency bin

Radio Information: KFWB 980 AM or KNX 1070 AM

Manhattan Beach Police Department School Resource Officer

Our MBPD school resource officer visits classrooms and leads grade level assemblies/discussions throughout the year. Discussions may include school/community expectations, emergency procedures, stranger danger, and bullying.

Safety Procedures For All Volunteers and Visitors

Visitors and Volunteers must always come to the office and sign in and out, and must always wear a badge when on campus.

MBUSD requires the following for ALL parent volunteers at ALL schools. Volunteers must first fill out three important forms: a Volunteer Assistance form, a Medical Release form, and a Code of Conduct form. Please turn in all completed forms to the office. These forms are available via link below and in the school office.

Parent Volunteer Forms

Additional information for Volunteer Responsibilities, Hints and Reminders can be found here.