Inclement Weather

For inclement weather closures or delays, Faith Lutheran School follows the Lake Washington School District unless there is a scenario affecting our school only (for example, a power failure). If Lake Washington School District has a school closure or delay, most likely Faith Lutheran School will be closed too. School closures are announced on most local news outlets.

School closures or late starts will be announced to families via email and Brightwheel.

If impending adverse weather causes an early dismissal, we will contact each family (and/or the person authorized to pick up a child) via email and/or phone. If families cannot be reached, the child will remain at school until the family approves alternate arrangements.

If two or more school days have been cancelled due to inclement weather/power outage, the school will schedule make-up days.

 

Disaster Preparedness Plan

Fire / Explosion Evacuation Procedure

If you discover a fire, PULL THE CLOSEST FIRE ALARM. An administrator will call 911.

In the event of a fire:

  • Teachers will take a clipboard with an updated student roster, first-aid bag, and emergency backpacks.
  • If students are not in their classroom at the time of the alarm, they are to go outside with the closest teacher.
  • Shut windows and doors. Evacuate the building to the parking lot.
  • Teachers will account for their students.
  • Wait to return to the building until the police or fire department clears the building.
  • Off-site evacuation is at Little Folks Christian School (16601 NE 95th St.; Redmond, WA 98052).
  • Initiate the buddy/aide System for children with IEPs.

Lockdown Procedure

In the event of a lockdown:

  • A telephone/intercom message will be sent to all classrooms.
  • A walkie-talkie intruder alert will be sent to playground staff.
  • The person making the lockdown call will call 911 and will remain in charge until police/fire arrive.
  • Check halls – take in students in who are in the hallways.
  • Lock exterior and classroom doors.
  • Initiate buddy/aide system for children with IEPs.
  • USE CELL PHONE OR COMPUTER TO COMMUNICATE NUMBER OF CHILDREN IN YOUR CLASSROOM.
  • Do not open the door again! Wait for the password.
  • Turn off the lights, cover windows, seat students so they can’t be seen.
  • If your are outside, go to the Annex; if you are in the Fellowship Hall, go to stairway in the back of the Fellowship Hall.
  • The main church doors will remain locked at all times.
  • Wait for “CODE GREEN, all is clear.”
  • Off-site evacuation is at Little Folks Christian School (16601 NE 95th St.; Redmond, WA 98052).

Active Shooter Response

In the event a person with a threatening weapon is observed on campus:

  • The person observing the threatening person will send a telephone/intercom message to all classrooms and walkie-talkie alert to playground staff: “this is a lockdown.”
  • The person making the lockdown call will call 911 and will remain in charge until police/fire arrive.
  • Initiate ALICE:
    • A = Alert
    • L = Lock-down/barricade your classroom, then escape
    • I = Inform
    • C = enCounter, arm yourself with an item to throw at intruder
    • E = Escape
  • Staff members are trained to observe, orient to scenario, decide what to do, and act (OODA Alert). This includes escaping the school premises with the students, if determined safer to do so. Staff will be in constant contact with administrators.

Earthquake Procedure

  • DROP, COVER, and HOLD under a sturdy table/desk. Stay away from windows and objects that could fall. Hold on to the desk or table. If it moves, move with it. Do not run.
  • Stay inside. Move next to an inside wall. Stay away from windows, bookcases, refrigerators, heavy mirrors, lights, and other objects that could fall. Do not go outside until the shaking has stopped.
  • If you are outdoors, DROP, COVER, and HOLD until the shaking stops, then evacuate to the emergency line area.
  • Once shaking stops, check yourself and those around you for injuries.
  • Wait until the shaking stops. Evacuate building go to the emergency area.
  • Check neighboring teachers to see if assistance is needed.
  • Teachers will take a clipboard with an updated student roster, first-aid bag, and emergency backpacks.
  • Off site evacuation is at Little Folks Christian School (16601 NE 95th St.; Redmond, WA 98052)
  • Initiate Buddy/Aide System for children with IEPs