Highland Local Schools   |  6506 SR 229 |  Marengo,OH 43334 |  419-768-2206 | Fax: 419-768-3115

In Case of Emergency: Safety Procedures

In Case of Emergency

Safety Procedures

The Highland Local School District considers the safety of its students and staff extremely important and a high priority throughout the District. The following procedures will assist parents in the event of a crisis situation. Please note that due to safety concerns, staff and students may be asked by law enforcement to turn off cell phones during a crisis situation. As such, the District will follow communication procedures outlined below to keep parents informed of the situation.

Evacuation Procedures

A school building evacuation may occur in the event of a fire, bomb threat or other safety threat in which it would be safer for students and staff to be out of the building. In the event that students and staff must evacuate a school building, the following procedures will be followed:

  • Police and emergency personnel are notified;
  • Staff calmly evacuate students to the designated location;
  • Parents are notified of evacuation and updated on situation – including student pickup location – through a School Messenger notification;
  • If a phone call to the district to the district is necessary, it should go to 419-768-2206.

Law Enforcement officers will give the “all clear” when they verify it is safe for students to return to the building. 

Lockdown Procedures

A school building may go into lockdown when there is a safety threat on campus or nearby campus. A school is ordered into lockdown by the district superintendent, building principal or law enforcement. In the event that students and staff must lockdown in a school building, the following procedures will be followed:

  • Police and emergency personnel are notified;
  • Staff calmly gather all students into classrooms and begin to lockdown classroom, keeping students away from doors and windows;
  • Parents are notified of lockdown and updated on situation – including student pickup location – through a School Messenger notification;

Law Enforcement officers will give the “all clear” when there no longer is a safety threat and the lockdown will be lifted.