Rockwood School District
111 East North Street, Eureka, MO 63025
Phone (636) 733-2000 · Fax (636) 733-8851

Emergency Preparedness

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Rockwood School District is committed to taking proactive measures to protect the safety of all our students and staff members. We have made preparations to deal effectively with emergency situations that could occur in or around the school while classes are in session.

While we hope that a natural disaster or other serious incident never occurs, our goal is to be as prepared as possible for any potential emergency. Our priority at all times is to protect all students and staff from harm.

The district and all school facilities have crisis and safety plans. The plans are designed with the assistance of administrative staff members, as well as local law enforcement, emergency management and public health officials. 

​In addition, Rockwood consults with local, state, and federal health, safety and emergency personnel to develop and maintain plans for coping with a variety of emergency response situations.

All Rockwood principals and school resource officers meet with local emergency management personnel to discuss crisis response, management and communication. If you have any questions about your child or about your school's safety and support responses, please contact your school principal.

 FAQs about Emergency Preparedness

  • Q: What should parents do if there is a school emergency? View Answer
    Answer:
    It is critical that parents receive important information and directions from school officials before going to the school.  Emergency vehicles may need access to the road and highways near our schools, and it is important they are not blocked or hindered in crisis response.
     
    Parents can be confident that accurate and timely information about the emergency will be released to parents, the public and the media during any emergency incident. Keep phones near. Rockwood Connect, the district's automatic notification system, will deliver voice and text updates to provide parents guidance about how they can be reunited with their child, in case an evacuation of the site has been conducted as part of the school crisis plan.
  • Q: What if my child is riding a school bus at the time of a crisis? View Answer
    Answer:
    School bus drivers will be in contact with Rockwood's transportation department for instructions in the event that a crisis occurs while students are in transport. Parents will be informed of the parent-student reunification center location via the automatic notification system, district and school websites and local media.
  • Q: What is lockdown? View Answer
    Answer:
    Lockdowns occur at the request of local law enforcement agencies.  Police officers request that schools "lockdown" in order to isolate students and faculty from danger.
     
    In an interior lockdown situation, all students are kept in classrooms or other designated locations that are away from the danger. Faculty members account for students and ensure that no one leaves the safe area. School personnel will also secure building entrances so that no unauthorized individuals leave or enter the building.
     
    Exterior lockdown procedures may also be used to ensure the safety of students when an incident occurs in the community. Parents are permitted access to the building and to their children - if it is safe for them to do so.
  • Q: How will my child's school handle an emergency situation? View Answer
    Answer:
    All Rockwood schools have an emergency preparedness plan. The specifics of each plan differ for each location. The response to each situation will differ based on the specifics of that situation.

    In general, each plan involves the designation of a crisis management team; development of evacuation, shelter-in-place, and lockdown procedures; preparation of a portable critical response kit that contains key information and supplies; designation of one or more appropriate evacuation sites; provisions for training personnel and updating the plan; checklists for dealing with specific types of incidents; and resources for help before, during and after an event.

    All Rockwood school plans have been reviewed within the last twelve months, and school crisis teams have received training. Contact your child's principal for more information.

  • Q: How can I stay informed? View Answer
    Answer:
    The Rockwood School District broadcasts emergency messages, when necessary, using a number of media:
    • General emergency messages, including early and late school openings and closings, are posted on the district website, along with individual school websites. 
    • Emergency voicemail messages are sent by Rockwood Connect, the district's automatic notification system.
    • Emergency messages are sent to local TV and radio outlets. 
  • Q: What is emergency preparedness? View Answer
    Answer:
    Rockwood has taken steps to ensure your child's safety while in school. Each school has developed a crisis response plan. Emergency preparedness is basically preparing the steps you will take in the event of an emergency, such as contact information, communications and evacuation plans.

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