12.17 What’s Happening

Erin’s Law & Evacuation Drill

Dear Camas Ridge Families,

I wanted to take a moment to share information with you regarding Erin’s Law, and our plans here at Camas to share this information with your child. Please remember that our teachers share this information in a developmentally appropriate fashion at each grade level. Students will learn about safe and unsafe touch, what to do if they are in a dangerous situation, and where to go for help. We will be having these conversations on days when our counselor is in the building to help support both teachers and students. If you have questions, please contact your student’s teacher or Wes Flinn at flinn@4j.lane.edu. We will be having these conversations with students on December 19, March 21, and June 6. There will be an upcoming Evacuation Drill and reminder for our students that will follow the same format as last year. All elementary schools across the district are using a similar format. Our number one goal in every drill is to be sure that students understand the importance of following their teacher’s directions in case of an emergency. We will be reviewing our Evacuation and lockdown procedures with students, and the drill will occur in the morning of December 12. I expect the drill to be similar in length to that of our earthquake or fire drills about 5-10 minutes. This is what I will say to all students over the intercom for the drill: “Attention students, staff and visitors: This is a LOCKDOWN – EVACUATE DRILL, this is a LOCKDOWN – EVACUATE DRILL. Repeat, this is a NOT A REAL EMERGENCY. THIS IS A DRILL. We are pretending there is a need to evacuate the building immediately following a lockdown. Please listen carefully to your teacher and quietly follow their directions. WE ARE IN A LOCKDOWN – EVACUATE DRILL. Teachers please follow the lockdown procedures at this time. (after 90 seconds) Teachers please begin the evacuation.” Our focus is to safely, and gently educate our students on this emergency situation. We will be sure there is nothing scary or intimidating about this drill. Our main goal throughout the training is the importance of listening to their teacher and following their directions. A Message from our Nurse Influenza typically continues through April. It isn’t too late to benefit from Seasonal flu vaccines. The vaccine is available at pharmacies, your health care provider and Public Health Clinic, 541-682-4041. We encourage all children to be vaccinated. Remember, your student must be fever free without the use of fever reducing medications for at least 24 hours, before returning to school after an illness. Your child also must remain home until 24 hours after last vomiting or diarrhea episode. Thanks for helping reduce spread of illnesses.