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Fire & Disaster Drills
Fire drills are conducted monthly and disaster preparedness drills are conducted periodically to practice safe and efficient egress from classrooms and our site. These drills are mandated by Education Code and occur on every campus throughout the State. If a disaster occurs, students will remain on campus (if circumstances allow) until parents and/or their designees sign them out. Students will not be released to anyone who is not listed on the Emergency Card. All adults must be prepared to show photo identification.
Lockdown drills are conducted periodically during the school year to ensure that students and staff are familiar with this important emergency procedure. The school may be placed under lockdown if an emergency situation, on campus or in the vicinity of the school, endangers student and staff safety. During a lockdown, staff immediately implement several security measures: doors and windows will be locked; gates will be locked; no one will be permitted to leave campus; and no parents or visitors will be allowed to enter campus. The Manhattan Beach Police Department will instruct staff and parents of specific procedures given the unique circumstances of the incident.
Emergency Preparedness: What parents should do before a disaster occurs
- Be sure that your child’s Infosnap information is accurate and current. The only people, other than yourself, that may sign out your child from school are those that you have listed. Inform those people you have listed that they are authorized to remove your child in an emergency.
- Prepare your child. Please tell your child who has your permission to pick him/her up if you are unable to do so. Be sure that your child understands that it may take hours for someone to pick him/her up. Reassure your child that he/she is safe and will be cared for at school until you arrive. Children who are prepared experience less fear.
- Prepare yourself and your entire family for a crisis. If you are calm and confident, your child will feel confident and secure.
- Be informed and know about the hazards in your area. Have evacuation routes and disaster plans established before an emergency.
- Develop a family disaster plan. Being prepared will help the entire family cope and have a greater sense of control.
- Assemble an emergency supply kit at home and in your car.
Emergency Preparedness: What parents should do after a disaster occurs
At Home Parents, please:
- Assure your personal safety first. Children will be cared for until your arrival.
- Remember, remaining calm and safe outweighs the need for speed.
- Prepare to arrive calm, patient, and ready to follow school personnel directions.
- If possible, walk to school. Streets will be clogged with emergency vehicles.
- Leave a message at home and /or on your voicemail indicating when you left and where you went. Others may be looking for you.
- Do not call the school. Phone lines will be used by emergency personnel only and must remain open at all times.
- Have a pre-planned emergency family plan for home (i.e. who collects the kids from school, who goes home, where you are meeting your family, etc.).
Arrival at School:
- Campus may be closed. If so, parents will be expected to wait until authorized personnel begin the Student Release Process.
- Students will be signed out in an orderly manner. Removing students from campus without signing out will hamper efforts to account for everyone’s safety.
- Classroom teachers will release students to parents and persons (known to teacher) on the Pacific Emergency Card or emergency form in zip-lock bags.
- Other persons listed on the Pacific Emergency Card or emergency form in zip-lock bags will need to report first to the check out location on the south field. These persons will then bring the teacher a form signed by school personnel, so that the child can be released.
- Parents/Emergency designee will be required to sign release form, and present I.D.
- Students will be evacuated from their classrooms or one of the following assembly areas depending on the situation. Signs will be posted to indicate which location students are waiting
- Upper Playground (Pacific Avenue and Manhattan Beach Blvd.)
- Center Field (Poinsettia and 17th St.)
- American Martyrs Parking Lot (off-site evacuation location)
Items to bring: (1) Driver’s license or (2) photo identification
Classroom and Site Provisions:
- Pacific Safety Plan/Safety Clipboard in each classroom and common areas.
- Evacuation Map
- Classroom emergency backpack supplies
- Individual student zip-lock emergency supplies assembled at home, stored in class.
- Site emergency bin
Radio Information: KFWB 980 AM or KNX 1070 AM
Manhattan Beach Police Department School Resource Officer
Our MBPD school resource officer visits classrooms and leads grade level assemblies/discussions throughout the year. Discussions may include school/community expectations, emergency procedures, stranger danger, and bullying.
Safety Procedures For All Volunteers and Visitors
Visitors and Volunteers must always come to the office and sign in and out, and must always wear a badge when on campus.
MBUSD requires the following for ALL parent volunteers at ALL schools. Volunteers must first fill out three important forms: a Volunteer Assistance form, a Medical Release form, and a Code of Conduct form. Please turn in all completed forms to the office. These forms are available via link below and in the school office.
Additional information for Volunteer Responsibilities, Hints and Reminders can be found here.
It’s Cool to Walk to School!
Parents, please encourage your child to walk to and from school with a buddy or a parent. It is proven that walking helps improve academic ability, creates a healthy life style, helps our environment and reduces congestion around our school.
Every Wednesday is “Walk to School Wednesday”. Please make this a tradition in your household.
If your child walks to school, please share these safety tips with him or her. Please teach your child:
- Not to talk to strangers;
- The safest route to school;
- The meaning of traffic lights;
- To walk, not run, across the street;
- To walk directly to and from school;
- To use the crosswalk and always look both ways; and
- To follow the directions of the crossing guards. The City of Manhattan Beach assigns crossing guards to busy intersections.
Riding Bikes/Scooters To School
Third through fifth grade students, with parent permission, may ride bicycles/scooters to and from school. A child who rides a vehicle to school should:
- Always wear and buckle your safety helmet;
- Know the safest route to and from school;
- Learn the laws of bike riding;
- Use the bike racks outside of Mrs. Linz’s office to lock your bike/scooter.
- Bicycles/scooters are to be walked when crossing the street and at all times on the school grounds. Students who do not walk their bicycles/scooters may lose the privilege of bringing them to school.
The school is not responsible for missing bicycles/scooters. Please be logical and lock your personal bikes/scooters in the bike rack.
Skateboards, roller blades and shoes with wheels are NOT allowed on campus.
Parents, please note that children who ride bikes are required to wear a bicycle safety helmet.
Panther Valet Drop-Off Service
The Panther Valet Service is designed to protect the safety of our children, create a predictable traffic flow, and prevent blocked streets for all the residents of Pacific.
The Panther Valet Service is located in two areas at Pacific:
- “The Zone” on 14th Street (behind the front of the school)
- Pacific Avenue (north of the stop sign).
In order to help the program run smoothly, we ask that you do the following:
- Make sure your child(ren) has all of his/her things before entering valet areas. Don’t block traffic or double-park.
- Arrive early to ease traffic congestion and refrain from cell phone use.
- Wait patiently in line, pull to curb, and come to a complete stop so valet volunteer can safely assist your child(ren).
- All children must exit on the passenger/curb side of the car.
- Be courteous to the valet volunteers…children learn by modeling adults!
A no-stop policy in The ZONE has been established for pick-up. This means cars will not be allowed to stop unless a child is entering the vehicle. If your child has not been released from class and is not waiting for you at The ZONE, you will be directed to drive through and allow other cars to pull up.
Kindergartners are dismissed on the 17th Street playground. The parking spaces in front of the school on Pacific Avenue are for staff only. Volunteers may park on campus at the parking lot on 17th Street west of Center Field.
Field Trip Transportation Guidelines
Students participating in approved field trips must be transported to and from the activity on district-authorized bus transportation. Students may not participate in a field trip unless a Parent Permission Form has been signed by the parent and returned to the school. Parents providing additional supervision for the field trip are encouraged to ride the bus as well.
Additionally, cell phone use is prohibited and cell phones will be confiscated by the classroom teacher.