From our friends at Newaygo County Emergency Services
Schools and communities must be prepared for a variety of emergency situations in order to maintain a safe school environment for students and school personnel. Developing and maintaining a safe school environment is the responsibility of the entire school community. Within Newaygo County, over the past year a collaborative initiative has been developed in partnership with local school officials and public safety agencies (police, fire, EMS, 911, and emergency services). The initiative supports developing and maintaining a safe school environment through completion of essential emergency preparedness activities identified in best practices throughout the United States. All public schools within Newaygo County are participating in the initiative.
As a part of the community, please take a moment to review the following safety terms (see below) being used in all public schools across the county. Use of common language avoids confusion and ensures an effective and safe response to an emergency. These terms are standard definitions established by the Michigan School Safety Task Force.
Please note, that should an emergency occur, Nixle will be the primary means of communications from public safety authorities to the community during an event. To receive these alerts, text NewaygoES to 888777. The district may also utilize Skylert notification system to provide voicemail, text, and email notification directly to parents as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.
Should a critical incident occur at the school which creates the need for parents/guardians to pick up your children outside of normal practices, it is important you do not come to the school. All schools within Newaygo County utilize a standardized family reunification process to reunite students with their families. This process is structured and well organized. Following staff instructions at the designated site will help parents/guardians to reunite you with your child in a timely and safe manner.
Specific reunification instructions on where to go and what to do will be sent to you after an incident using Nixle and Skylert. You can expect these instructions to include a reminder not to go to the school, as the school and surrounding roadways are being secured by law enforcement and emergency first responders as a safety measure. In order to minimize congestion at the reunification site, we ask that only one, approved parent or guardian comes to sign out their student. This individual must be on the Emergency Contact Card on file with the school and photo identification is required. For the safety of our students and staff, only parents, guardians, and designated emergency contacts will be permitted to enter the reunification site.