In the event of a local, state, or national crisis the principal may declare a state of emergency. An emergency may result from a power outage or another 9/11 type of event. In these cases, students will be release as outlined by parents in the School Safety Acknowledgement & Consent Form, on page 40 of the Parent-Student Handbook.
A lockdown may result from an event in the community that threatens student safety; such as criminal activity in the school’s vicinity, an active shooter, inclement weather, or terrorism. It may also result from any incident that calls for an administrative search. When a possible threat is identified, law enforcement officials are contacted immediately.
There are two possible threat levels:
Level II – YELLOW, means a soft lockdown is in effect; Level III – RED, means a hard lockdown is in effect. During any lockdown, hallway traffic is suspended, outside traffic is suspended, and perimeter doors are locked. When there is no longer a threat, the lockdown is lifted and we resume normal operations at a Level I – GREEN. During a lockdown drill law enforcement and neighboring schools are notified. Parents are also notified via text message and/or PlusPortals. Parents are notified again upon completion of the drill.
In case of weather or other types of emergencies, the schools of the Archdiocese of Miami will follow the lead of their county’s public schools with regard to closing. Depending on local conditions, each school administration will make its own decision to re-open if it is safe to do so. The school community will be contacted via Plus Portals. When there is a distinct threat of inclement weather, information will be posted on social media.
In each classroom or office there is a fire evacuation route posted near the door. When the fire alarm is activated students, faculty, and staff follow the evacuation procedures and the Fire Department is automatically contacted. When there is a drill, central station is contacted prior to the drill. Fire drills are held periodically to prepare students, faculty, and staff for an emergency.
At St. Brendan High School an Exposure Control Plan is in place to protect us from blood borne pathogens that can cause disease in humans. Every classroom and office is equipped with a body fluid cleanup kit in compliance with OSHA Standards. Basic First Aid may be provided in the Counseling Office, the school’s gymnasium, and training room. Designated members of the faculty and staff are trained in First Aid, CPR and use of AEDs. A report of accident or injury is filed when there is an accident or injury on campus or while at a school event.
Section 1006.061(1), Florida Statutes, requires each district school, charter school and private school that accepts scholarship students under ss. 220.187 or 1002.39, Florida Statutes, to post in a prominent place a notice that pursuant to chapter 39 all employees and agents of the district school board, charter school or private school have an affirmative duty to report all actual or suspected cases of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect.