Emergency Information

SCHOOL CLOSURE

Occasionally, snow or other weather conditions require closure or delayed opening of school. Decisions whether to close school are based on road conditions throughout the metropolitan area. The administration recognizes that conditions vary from place to place, so we encourage families to make travel decisions based on conditions in their neighborhood.

If school is closed for the day or delayed, this decision will be posted by 6:00 a.m. Closure may take one of three forms:

  • No School: School will resume the following day unless announced otherwise the next morning.
  • Delayed Start: If it appears that conditions will ease, school will convene two hours late. Please continue to monitor reports as unanticipated worsening of conditions may necessitate closure.
  • Early Closure: Should safety-threatening conditions develop during the day, students will be sent home early. Parents of Lower and Middle School students will be notified by telephone, and students will be supervised at school until they are picked up. Please be sure that the school offices have all of your current contact numbers so you can be easily contacted in these situations. Upper School students will be responsible for making their own arrangements, but may stay at school until they can be picked up.

Closure Notification: OES contracts with an emergency announcement calling service that will notify families of school delays and closures. In order to receive these announcements, you must register with Honeywell Instant Alert. The enrollment instructions are posted in the right margin of this page. Closure information is also posted on a regional emergency website. To check current OES closure status, click on this link: FlashAlert.

EMERGENCY REUNIFICATION

At OES your child's safety is one of our primary concerns. As part of our comprehensive emergency plan we have an established procedure to reunite students with parents/guardians. This procedure is designed to ensure that students are safe until a parent/guardian arrives to pick them up. Several key components of this procedure we feel you should know are:

1.      Specific reunification location will be determined at time of release.

2.      Parents will be notified of an emergency and reunification location in a number of ways. OES uses the Honeywell Instant Alert System, and we encourage all parents to sign up for alerts.

3.      When you come to pick up your child, please be patient and have picture ID with you so we can confirm your identity against the emergency authorization forms on file. This layer of detail is in place to ensure your child's safety.

4.      All students must be picked up by a parent or an adult listed as one of the first two emergency contacts on record.

5.      Only once a declared emergency is over and the local roads are deemed safe will Upper School students be allowed to leave campus without an adult.

COMMUNITY-WIDE DISASTER

In the event of a community-wide disaster communications systems within the area may be severely impacted.  The Athenian School in Danville, California, has agreed to act as an out-of-state, same time zone, emergency contact for OES. In a community-wide disaster, The Athenian School will be contacted with information regarding the status of the OES community. Here is the contact information for this school:

The Athenian School
925-837-5375
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
All other times, call:
Upper School Dean of Students Kathleen Huntington at 925-789-1503 or email her at Kathleen.huntington@athenian.org.

At OES your child's safety is one of our primary concerns. As part of our comprehensive emergency plan we have an established procedure to reunite students with parents/guardians. This procedure is designed to ensure that students are safe until a parent/guardian arrives to pick them up. Several key components of this procedure we feel you should know are:

 

1.      Specific reunification location will be determined at time of release.

2.      Parents will be notified of an emergency and reunification location in a number of ways. OES uses the Honeywell Instant Alert System, and we encourage all parents to sign up for alerts.

3.      When you come to pick up your child, please be patient and have picture ID with you so we can confirm your identity against the emergency authorization forms on file. This layer of detail is in place to ensure your child's safety.

4.      All students must be picked up by a parent or an adult listed as one of the first two emergency contacts on record.

5.      Only once a declared emergency is over and the local roads are deemed safe, will Upper School students be allowed to leave campus without an adult.

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