Emergency Updates

This page will contain emergency information related to student safety, weather, evacuations, and other emergency situations. Parents will receive a text via PCSD Chat with a link to this page. 


Posted 2/12/18: Our next lockout drill is March 28, followed by the Utah Great Shakeout (earthquake drill) on April 19.

 


Posted 2/1/18 @ 9:15 a.m.

LOCKOUT LIFTED — THIS IS A DRILL!

At approximately 9:10 a.m. (2/1/18) law enforcement lifted the lockout at all Park City School District schools and the district office. It is business as usual the remainder of the day.


Posted 2/1/18  @ 8:53 a.m.

THIS IS A DRILL!

This morning (2/1/18) at approximately 8:50 a.m., the Summit County Sheriff’s Office placed all schools in a lockout situation. (Drill Scenario: Due to a high-speed chase on I-80 near Ecker Hill Middle and Jeremy Ranch Elementary, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office has placed those schools in a lockout situation.)

As per district protocol, all Park City School District schools and the district office are on lockout. No one is allowed in or out of the buildings. All students will return inside. All exterior doors are locked. Teachers will take attendance to ensure all students are accounted present.

Parents, as per any emergency situation, do NOT go to the schools. Please stay away from the area to allow law enforcement to handle the situation. You will receive another text from PCSD Chat when law enforcement has lifted the lockout.


Posted 1/30/18 — Lockout Drill Feb. 1

The next districtwide lockout drill is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 1, at approximately 8:50 a.m. 

The district recently retained the services of the Tresit Group based in Logan, Utah. Tresit recommends effective and innovative security solutions for schools.

Cole Smith of the Tresit Group will be at Park City School District Feb. 1 and critically analyze the safety protocols followed, particularly during the passing period between Treasure Mountain Junior High and Park City High School. He is developing the protocol for the district’s modular safety and will be training administrators and staff on the protocol. Smith is  also reviewing the district’s visitor management and emergency response system, the front office vestibule designs, and proposed fencing at elementary schools. He has been impressed with the trauma informed, resilience-focused practices the district has in place to prevent tragic situations on the front end.

Important Reminders About Lockouts:

– Do NOT call schools or the district office. External phone calls will not be answered. Staff are assisting students.

– Parents, do NOT go to the schools. Please stay away from the area to allow law enforcement to handle the situation.

– Watch for a text from PCSD Chat alerting you when law enforcement has lifted the lockout.

– If you are in one of the schools during the lockout, our Standard Response Protocol is posted in every room, both in English and in Spanish, and a smaller version of the SRP is available at the front office, both in English and in Spanish.

– This page will be updated as information becomes available.


Posted 1/10/18:  Our next districtwide drill is Feb. 1.


Posted 12/21/17: In the event of extreme weather conditions, these are Park City School District’s procedures for closing schools.

Procedures for School Closure Days

The District’s number one priority is safety of all students and staff. During the winter months, schools in Park City School District will remain open, if at all possible, on all scheduled school days. Even when weather conditions are severe, every effort will be made to keep schools open in the belief that it is in the best interest of the students.

The decision to close school, delay start time, or release students and staff early can only be made by the superintendent; this includes cancellation of any elementary after-school programs. When schools close early due to weather, all evening activities will be cancelled, with the exception of high school athletics and activities, which will be determined by the superintendent and athletic director. Sometimes there are exceptions to this rule; and we will notify you of these situations as they arise.

By policy, head secretaries and 12-month employees, which includes principals and assistant principals, are expected to report to work as soon as it is safe to do so. This expectation is based upon the issue that we may have families who do not receive notification and may come to the schools.

The District recognizes the rights of parents to make decisions that are best for their children. Therefore, the option to keep children home when weather conditions are severe is always at the parents’ discretion and the school respects the decision. An excused absence is given if the parents make the decision for their student(s) to remain home.

The following information outlines the communication procedures that will be followed if such school closures or early dismissals become necessary.

The district team begins monitoring weather and as early as 2:00 AM by monitoring UDOT road condition reports,  the National Weather Service weather conditions and patterns, and in consultation with city and county transportation officials. An additional issue is that we are dependent upon on how fast the the city and county can clear the roads.  

Media Announcements

Parents and employees should listen to the following news media for school closure information starting at 6:00 A.M.

Radio Station:  KPCW

TV Station: PCTV

Other Sources:

The PCSD website (pcschools.us)

PCSD Newsroom (newsroom.pcschools.us)

Facebook

Twitter

Normal Operation

No announcement means normal operation; school are open.

Parents Need An Emergency Plan

Parents are encouraged to establish an emergency plan for their children in the event that schools are closed, or are dismissed early. Parents should instruct their children where to go or what to do if a parent is not at home. We encourage parents to have a written plan and to also share that plan with a trusted neighbor or friend to help in times of school closures.

Bus Stops

On severe weather days, understand that buses may be running late due to road conditions and/or traffic delays. In some areas, our buses may need to meet students at an alternate locations due to road conditions. Please watch for an email message regarding those locations or delayed bus routes. Parents are always asked to wait with and/or meet their students at bus stops when buses are running on delayed or emergency schedules.

Closures Are For One Day Only

All announcements are for one day only.

Make-Up Day

Per District Policy 5000, any full day of school missed due to weather conditions will be made up at a later date.  The 2017-18 calendar clearly designates June 7, 2018, as a full make-up day, if necessary.


 

 

 

Posted 12/15/17 @ 10:23 a.m.

LOCKOUT LIFTED — THIS IS A DRILL!

At approximately 10:20 a.m. the Park City Police lifted the lockout at all Park City School District schools and the district office. It is business as usual the remainder of the day.


Posted 12/15/17 @ 10:03 a.m.

THIS IS A DRILL!

This morning (12/15/17) at 10 a.m. Park City Police placed Treasure Mountain Junior High on lockout due to a domestic violence situation in the area.

As per district protocol, all Park City School District schools and district office are on lockout. No one is allowed in or out of the buildings. All students will return inside. All exterior doors are locked. Teachers will take attendance to ensure all students are accounted present.

Important Reminders:

– Do NOT call schools or the district office. External phone calls will not be answered. Staff are assisting students.

– Parents, do NOT go to the schools. Please stay away from the area to allow law enforcement to handle the situation.

– Watch for a text from PCSD Chat alerting you when law enforcement has lifted the lockout.

– If you are in one of the schools during the lockout, our Standard Response Protocol is posted in every room, both in English and in Spanish, and a smaller version of the SRP is available at the front office, both in English and in Spanish.

– This page will be updated as information becomes available.


Posted: 12/6/15

LOCKOUT DRILL SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, DEC. 15

Park City School District will conduct a lockout drill at all schools and district facilities on Friday, Dec. 15. Parents will receive information about the drill as well as a text from PCSD Chat referring them to this page for updated information during the drill.

A letter was emailed to all parents/guardians, and staff on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

This drill is an effort to continually improve our emergency drills with law enforcement, to practice our Standard Protocol Response and to test communications with district personnel, students, and parents.

Thanks to our community partner, AtlasRTX, we have been able to upgrade our texting system so we can now use it for emergency messages. We will test it on Friday, Dec. 15, and parents/guardians will receive a text from PCSD Chat concerning the drill and where to go for updates. In addition, we will send an email following the drill (for those without access to texting).

In the event of an actual LOCKOUT at one of our schools, parents are reminded that the perimeter of the building will be secured. All students will return inside, and all exterior doors will be locked. Teachers will take attendance to ensure all students are accounted present. Parents should not come to the school during the LOCKOUT. Law enforcement will lift the LOCKOUT and the district will send details of the incident to parents as soon as possible.

Please know that our first priority in the event of a LOCKOUT is to secure the safety of our students and staff. As we work with the police, they will let us know what and when to communicate with you.