Parental notification: In case of emergency

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  • By Senior Airman Jimmie D. Pike
  • 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Now that school is back in session, parents may be worried about the safety of their children for the hours the family is separated during the school day.

In the instance of an emergency, or change in normal school operations such as weather delays or evacuations, parents will be notified by the school through two primary sources.

“Schools, when possible, will send messages to all parents through email,” said Dr. Liz Dunham, Europe East District superintendent. “Schools will [also] utilize media resources to convey mass messages to parents. This will include American Forces Network Radio and Television, community websites and available social media.”

For the information and notifications to be properly received, parents must do their part to ensure they can be reached.

“Parents should be sure that all their contact information is current and correct long before it is needed,” said Dunham. “If changes occur to phone numbers or email addresses, the school should be notified immediately. We can’t contact the parents if we don’t have the correct information.”

Families should not panic upon receiving an emergency notification, but should remain calm and await further instructions.

“Parents should closely follow the directions given by the sources listed above to help the schools in these situations,” said Joshua Adams, Europe East Community superintendent.

When these scenarios arise, parents and guardians can rest easy knowing the school staff is well prepared for these instances.

“Schools practice for these situations all year long and will do a great job taking care of the [students],” said Dunham.

For more information, or to update contact information, parents may contact the front office of their child’s school.