PHPS Emergency Management Plan
Preston Hollow Presbyterian School is dedicated to maintaining a safe and orderly environment for our students and staff. Our recently revised emergency management plan details commonly recognized crisis situations and prescribes the appropriate response for each event--security lock-down, taking shelter in interior hallways, or building evacuation.
In response to renewed national security concerns, we have included a plan addendum relating to emergency preparedness in case of biological/chemical activity. We joined with other Dallas private schools to meet with a Disaster Specialist of the American Red Cross, as well as a member of the Dallas Office of Emergency Preparedness, to discuss these additional concerns. A special focus of the meeting was to identify reliable sources of information for rapid response decision-making in the event of a crisis.
We will keep parents informed as we research the issues and implement any new procedures. In the interim, here are some recommended resources: http://www.ready.gov/kids-the Federal Emergency Management Agency's webpage for children and the Are You Ready? Guide for adults. Also there is an information alert prepared by the National School Safety and Security Service that can be accessed at www.schoolsecurity.org.
PHPS Families, As you have seen or heard news coverage regarding the Coronavirus or COVID-19, schools are being challenged to institute a plan for the spread of this virus in the United States.
On Tuesday, February 25, Dr. Nancy Messonnier of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated in a press conference that the Coronavirus will eventually be in America and stated: “It's not so much a question of if this will happen anymore but rather a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness.” She went on to say that schools should be prepared and that up to two-week disruptions of classes could be possible.
For additional information please visit the Dallas County Health and Human Services webpage on the Novel Coronavirus for FAQs, and the CDC webpage on Coronavirus Prevention & Treatment Strategies.
We have no knowledge of an imminent threat at this time. We will be responding proactively to any requests that are made in the interest of public health.
Schools have been asked to remind all families about basic prevention measures that everyone should follow to avoid the flu or other infectious respiratory illnesses. Please share these preventative measures with your children:
• Everyone 6 months and older is encouraged to get a flu shot.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick. Keeping a sick child at home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the child an opportunity to rest and recover.
• Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
• Do not share food and drink.
We will continue to follow our standard cleaning and disinfecting protocols at school. In addition, we will instigate additional cleaning in the classrooms, such as regular wiping down of the desks, additional handwashing, use of hand sanitizer, and wiping surfaces frequently used by students.