Safety & Emergency Planning

School Emergency Response

Your child’s safety is our number one priority.  In the event of an emergency, school officials may take action to safeguard students.  Known as SHELL responses, the actions that may be taken are as follows:

Acronym of SHELL

Is Your Family Prepared?

The nature of an emergency is that it is unexpected.  Is your family prepared?, FEMA and the Red Cross have information for family emergency planning.  At the Brewster Central School District, we urge you to make a plan and share it with your children.

Before an emergency:

  • Discuss key questions with your family regarding emergency alerts and warning, shelter options, evacuation routes and communication plans.
  • Update your child’s emergency contact form and let the school know whenever any information changes.
  • Have a backup plan and make sure that your child knows about it:
    • If you cannot get home, where should your child go?
    • If your child cannot get back into the school to get his/her keys, how will he/she get into the home or where should your child go?
    • Are the people listed as your child’s emergency contact representative aware?  Is your child aware?

If there is an emergency within the district or at your child’s school:

  • Do not come to the school unless instructed to do so by the district’s administration.  All perimeter roadways will be blocked by emergency responders to contain the situation.
  • Please follow all instructions provided by the district.

In the event that an emergency requires evacuation to an off-site location:

  • The district’s administration will advise parents and guardians of the off-site location.
  • You must show photo identification and provide the name of your child.
  • Students will not be released to adults who are not listed as an emergency contact.  If parents, guardians or emergency contacts are unable to pick up their child, the school will hold the child until the parents or guardians arrive.
  • If a student drove to school, he/she may not be released to drive his/her vehicle depending on the severity of the emergency.


Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

Flashlight and extra batteries

First aid kit

Whistle to signal for help

Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

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