Communications in a Crisis

    • If an incident occurs, the District’s first priority will be to ensure that all students are safe and under adult supervision. Once this is completed, the School District will implement the PARENT(S)/SPOUSE(S) NOTIFICATION PLAN. This plan calls for the School District to:

      • Utilize telephone lists or television and radio media to notify parents and spouses of an emergency involving an occupied school facility.

      • Designate a reception center at a location away from the incident.

    • The Orleans Niagara BOCES and its component school districts each have a Public Information Officer who is designated to meet and talk with the media. 

      • All District / media communication will flow through this designated individual to prevent miscommunication or inaccurate information from being released.

      • The Critical Incident Media Notification Plan provides the necessary guidance for school district representatives to effectively deal with the media during an emergency.

    • The Superintendent of Schools has assigned, in advance, a staff member as the liaison & information specialist to work with the parents/spouses during a crisis. This individual assigned to this duty will assume responsibility for arranging the details and providing accurate, up to date information regarding the incident.