Clearview creating safer schools for students.
Implementation of enhanced incident response plans starts week of March 13.
Schools and work sites throughout Clearview Public Schools are in the process of implementing a new incident response system, Hour Zero, which will help ensure all staff and students are supported and safe. Incident planning covers a large spectrum of possible emergency situations including fire, intruders in the schools, and environmental events.
All Clearview teachers and staff are being trained to know how to best react in an emergency situation. Our younger students will be provided resources from teachers such as comic books to help them understand the correct responses to an emergency.
Hour Zero representatives will be visiting every school starting Monday, March 13. School staff, including the School Emergency Response Teams (SERT), will be receiving on-site implementation and training on the actions needed in the event of an incident at our schools.
Also, Clearview’s Administration Response Team (ACT) will receive half-day training on March 15 on the roles, protocols, and actions needed to support schools in an incident, and how to coordinate system-wide incidences.
Hour Zero (hour-zero.com) is an emergency program that gives schools the training and tools needed to prepare for and respond to potential emergencies. First responders in the communities, including the RCMP and fire departments, will have access to the Hour Zero tool and are invited for training.
“Ensuring our schools are safe is the expectation of parents and a responsibility we take very seriously,” shared Superintendent Peter Barron. “We have been working over the past year to implement this process, which was one of the strategic priorities put in place last year.”
The process for implementation kicked-off in September 2016 when Clearview Public Schools and Hour Zero hosted a working session with over 48 representatives from schools, RCMP, fire departments, towns and counties. During the fall of 2016, Hour Zero representatives visited each school and collaborated with school principals to identify evacuation routes, procedures, and suitable spaces in the event “lock-downs” or “shelter-in-place” protocols are needed.
“Incident response plans prepare schools for situations we need to deal with, and we hope never happens. Being prepared will help protect people and could save lives,” said Board Chair Cheri Neitz. “This is something I have advocated for along with the Board, and proud to see this important initiative come forward. Staff working together to ensure our students are safe.”