Lockdown Information

Dear Parents/Guardians of Pascack Valley Students:

 At Pascack Valley we have always made your child’s safety our primary consideration.  Over the past several years, we have worked cooperatively with the Hillsdale and River Vale Police Departments in the development and refinement of our Lockdown Procedures.  At the beginning of each school year a protocol is followed to train students new to our school as well as incoming 9th graders about our Lockdown Procedures.

 The administration, with support of the local police departments, reviews the school safety plan annually.  We review various scenarios to see how we can provide the safest environment possible for our students and staff.  There are a number of variables that we cannot account for in certain situations.  In such cases, we will look to our local police officials for guidance and direction.  The purpose of this letter is to provide you, as parents, with information about plans under several conditions.

Please review the plans and discuss them with your child.  Parents will be notified through the district website, email, or reverse 911 call should an emergency situation occur.  It is imperative that parents and students follow all school and police directives to ensure the safety of all involved and to keep order in these situations.

Condition

Description

Parent Response

Fire or explosion

Evacuation Required

* Parents are not to enter school grounds

* Check website, or email for further directives

Bomb threat

Evacuation Required

* Parents are not to enter school grounds

* Check website, or email for further directives

Lockdown

* Potentially dangerous person in the neighborhood

* Police respond and take control of building

* Parents are not to enter school grounds

* Check website, or email for further directives

 

* Dangerous person in building

* Police respond and take control of school

* Parents are not to enter school grounds

* Check website, or email for further directives

Terrorist act (i.e., 9/11 no immediate threat to building)

Students informed by PA/teacher notice regarding the terrorist act

* Parents who wish to pick up their child are to enter the front doors and wait in the auditorium

Internal Lockdown

Tornado, dangerous wind conditions

* Listen to radio for instruction from authorities

* Check website or call 201-358-7060


District:  www.pascack.org  - Pascack Valley:  valley.pascack.org

Be sure to register your email account with the school in order to receive important messages

**Parents will be notified, via email, or reverse 911, if an emergency situation occurs.  It is imperative that parents and students follow school and police directives to ensure the safety of all involved and to keep order in all situations.

Our focus continues to be on the safety and the education of your children.  Being prepared with a plan of action is critical.  Please know we will always do our very best in protecting your children.

 

Sincerely, 
Signature of Tom DeMaio
Thomas DeMaio
Principal
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