Important Information on THRIVE's Safety and Emergency Protocols
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Dear THRIVE Families,
Should an emergency or disaster situation ever arise in our area while school is in session, we want you to feel confident that THRIVE has prepared to respond effectively. In fact, public schools in New Mexico are prepared to meet stringent construction standards and may even be safer than many homes in the event of a disaster.
Should we have a major disaster/emergency during school hours, your student(s) will be safe and cared for while at THRIVE and under the close supervision of our staff. Our school has a detailed crisis plan, which has been formulated to respond to major catastrophes.
Please note, parent/guardian cooperation is crucial during an emergency. Please adhere to the following instructions in case of emergency:
- Please do not telephone the school or school staff. Telephone lines may be needed for emergency communication. See #3 below for alternatives for
- In the event of a serious emergency, students will be kept at school until they are picked up by a responsible adult who has been pre-identified on the school pickup list indicated during registration.
It is important that we have your correct phone number and e-mail address so that you will receive these messages. Again, please do not call the school or your child’s cell phone during an emergency, as phone lines will need to remain clear for emergency services.
During some emergencies, students may be taken to an off-campus relocation site. THRIVE's off-site reunification annex is St John's Methodist Church located at 1200 Old Pecos Trail. If this occurs, the school’s relocation and family reunification plan will be activated, which means that students will be released from the relocation site only to custodial parents/guardians or persons identified.
The decision to keep students at THRIVE will be based upon, among other factors, whether streets in the area are open and/or safe for travel. If an early release occurs, we will update our website, notify media as well as issue an notification via text/email. If a natural disaster takes place during the time that students are being transported, students will be kept on the bus and the driver will ask for assistance through radio contact with the school. In the event a natural disaster occurs in the afternoon, the driver will make every attempt to continue delivering the students to their stops. Should road or weather conditions prevent the driver from delivering students to school in the morning, families will be notified and students will be returned to their designated stops remaining parked until all students are reunited with their parents.
In case of wildfires causing excessive smoke at the school, shelter-in-place procedures will be implemented to provide in-place protection from the outside elements. All students and staff will clear the outside areas, report to their rooms and all efforts will be made to prevent outside air from entering classrooms during the emergency. Students arriving at school during a shelter-in-place drill or event should report to the front office for further instructions and guidance.
Please discuss these matters with your children and immediate family members. Reinforce with your students the need for them to follow the directions of any school personnel during an emergency. Planning will help alleviate concern and confusion during emergencies.
Director of Operations