Emergency Response Actions
The Early Childhood Center, in conjunction with CSU’s safety committee, has developed plans for a variety of emergency situations. In addition to any “natural” emergencies, we have established a “lock-down” system and have supplies stored in case of an extended emergency. The teaching staff and children practice fire drills monthly and are taught what to do in case of emergencies. Every mentor and classroom teacher is certified in the use of CPR and First Aid.
IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY, AN UPDATED MESSAGE WILL BE LEFT ON THE OFFICE NUMBER (970) 491-7082. PARENTS SHOULD CALL THIS NUMBER TO HEAR DETAILS AND INSTRUCTIONS.
In the event of a school or classroom evacuation, children will be escorted to a “safety zone” in or near the ECC. Attendance will be taken and parents notified of the situation. Teachers take emergency phone numbers for each child to our destination; therefore, it is important that parents keep emergency forms updated at all times. At some point, if necessary, and if cellular services are available, a message will be left on the parent’s emergency phone number, or an email will be sent to explain the situation. Keeping the children safe and calm is our first priority. In some circumstances we may call the Colorado State University Police Department (970) 491-6425 to inform them of our location in case they receive calls from worried parents.
In case of a tornado warning, children will be brought inside the ECC from the playground and will be taken by their teachers to an inner, windowless “safety zone.” Teachers will bring books to read and games for the children, in order to relieve the children’s anxiety and keep them occupied until the tornado warning, is lifted.
In case of a fire, the ECC building proctor will assist in directing the evacuation of the Early Childhood Center. All children will be led out of the building to a designated “safety zone.” Once the evacuation is completed, teachers confirm that all children are present, and make sure that the number of children reflects the total number of children in attendance that day. Children will remain in the safety zone until the “all clear” notification is given (and the alarm is turned off) and a Fire/Police Official approves the return to the building.
Responding to Lost Children
In the unlikely event that a child should become lost, mentor teachers will conduct a sweep of the area. If the child is not located within five minutes, the CSU campus police will be notified. Parents will be notified immediately.