FIRE AND EMERGENCY DRILLS
It is a state law that fire drills must be conducted once a month, and BVSD requires a lockdown, lockout and shelter in place drill each semester. We always try to schedule such drills during agreeable weather. These drills prepare students for dangerous situations in which they need to take a safe location within the school building.
Cats and dogs are not allowed on school property. Animals of educational interest are allowed in the Learning Communities with prior permission of the team. Animals may not be transported on the school bus. They must be brought by the student’s parents if permission has been given for a special visit from the family pet.
Our student body will be using the playground during morning, noon, and afternoon recesses. Adult supervisors will be on duty. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to supervise any playground use before or after school or on weekends.
The playground closes daily at 3:40 pm when school dismisses. School supervision ends at 3:50 p.m. The BVSD Community Schools – School Age Care (SAC) program rents our facility and has first priority. Please be mindful of the SAC program and students and understand they have first priority on the playgrounds. Every effort is made to share the facility with the community, so your help following school expectations and sharing equipment is appreciated. It is a privilege to use the facility after hours, so permission to use the playground may be restricted if problems exist.
If there is a local threat, Meadowlark School is alerted by the Erie Police Department, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and our school district’s administration offices. The following is some information that may be helpful to you if certain scenarios arise:
- If the safety of the school is in jeopardy, a decision to evacuate to another location could be made. Arrangements have already been made should there be a need to relocate to another building. In such a situation, parents will be contacted using School Messenger. It is essential that we have current and correct telephone numbers and emergency contacts within our student’s IC record. Students are “signed-out” once law enforcement and the district determine it is safe to do so and may only be check out to approved adults with identification from the evacuation site.
- If the school site is deemed safe but additional security is warranted, we will activate various phases of “lock-out.” This could involve locking all external doors and/or locking internal Learning Community entry doors. During a lock-out, parents are not allowed to come to the school until an “all clear” signal is given by law enforcement or district officials. If a parent does arrive at the school, a staff member will be at the doors and will require identification for you to enter if Law Enforcement determines it is safe to do so.
Parents or guardians should follow these procedures for picking up your student during an incident described above:
- Provide identification at the designated area
- Sign your own student out
- Your student will be escorted and released directly to you
- Due to the number of working parents, we will not dismiss school early or allow students to leave unaccompanied by an adult. An occasion could occur whereby school dismissal is delayed in which case buses will be held and parents will be asked to enter individually or in small groups to pick up their students from the inside of the school.
- During these situations, the phone lines will be busy. Please be patient and try to keep your phone calls brief.
- If a crisis were to occur, we recognize that maintaining routines is very comforting to students. Even during a “lockout,” we will make every attempt to proceed with the school day as normal as possible.
- If a member of your household or family is deployed for military action, please contact administration or your student’s Learning Community. Our school staff, teachers, counselors, and social worker can offer support strategies to the student and let you know of typical reactions for students.
VISITORS TO CAMPUS
Meadowlark School campus is a closed campus. Access to the school is through the main doors only. All other doors will be locked. The safety of our students is our number one priority. For that reason, anyone wishing to visit the school, drop something off for their student, talk to the administration, or volunteer in the school must check in at the main office with a photo ID and visibly wear a “Visitor” or “Volunteer” badge at all times. Adults should contact individual Learning Communities to arrange appropriate visitation times. School administration reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of visits from individuals other than a parent/guardian. Students are not permitted to bring school age or younger guests to school, but they may make arrangements to join us for lunch and recess.