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Parents, Students, and Community

Safety drills will take place throughout the school year. We will practice fire safety, severe weather safety, and lock down procedures. While our intent is to prepare our students and staff for emergencies that might occur, we are aware that this may cause anxiety to some of our students. We do not want to cause any undue stress but merely educate and practice for as many circumstances as we can. Preparation and communication are our means of educating our schools for as many scenarios as possible. We ask that you help us with this endeavor by having these conversations in your home. Please stress with your children that White County Schools wants to help them be aware of safety and it's importance.

Parent Responsibilities During a School Emergency and Reunification After a School Emergency


In a school emergency, the first instinct as a parent is to pick up the telephone and start calling the school or rush up to the school and get your child/children. The truth is, this only complicates matters from a safety and security standpoint.

Parents too close to an incident often hinder the res- cue attempts of police and fire officials on the scene. The best action parents can take in an emergency is to stay close to their phone and e-mail and to monitor local radio and TV reports for regular updates and instructions.

When and Why Are Students and Staff Asked to Lockdown, Shelter-in-Place or Evacuate?


A school crisis can take a number of forms including an environmental event, such as a chemical spill or gas leak; a weather emergency, such as a tornado warning; or an intruder in or near the school. The nature of a school crisis dictates whether school officials will put in place a lockdown, shelter-in-place, evacuation or any combination of two of these protocols, as a means to ensure the safety and well- being of students and staff.

White County Board of Education

136 Warriors Path, Cleveland, GA 30528
Phone: 706-865-2315
Dr. Laurie Burkett, Superintendent
Scott Justus, Assistant Superintendent

White County School System - School Emergency Information Guide
For Parents And Guardians
Jack P Nix Elementary - Mossy Creek Elementary - Mount Yonah Elementary - White County Middle School - White County High School

Safety Terms and Procedures

In the event of an emergency at your child’s school, it is important to know these terms.


A lockdown takes place if an internal or external threat is identified at the school. All school doors are locked and students are confined to classrooms. No entry into or exit from the school will be allowed until an “all-clear” announcement is made. Students will NOT be released during a lockdown.


Students take refuge in designated areas to protect them from hazardous materials or severe weather. No entry into or exit from the school will be allowed until an “all-clear” announcement is made. Students will NOT be released during shelter-in-place.


In the event of certain building emergencies, students will be relocated to an evacuation assembly area. Students will be released ONLY to parents/guardians with picture ID and permission from a district official. This procedure is necessary to account for the whereabouts of all students.

  • How Can I Be Reunited with My Child?

Parents/Guardians will be directed by school or public safety officials via TV/Radio to their child’s specific location. Students will be released ONLY to parents/ guardians who are documented as emergency contacts and who present a picture ID such as a driver’s license, military ID or passport. The reunification process can be time-consuming so parents are urged to be patient.

  • How Can You Help


Ensure that your child’s emergency contact information is accurate and current.

The district uses the Tele-Parent system to notify parents of inclement weather and emergencies.

Become familiar with your schools’ emergency communication procedures. Each school is committed to providing accurate and timely information in the event of an emergency.

  • In Case of a School Emergency

Although your first reaction would be to call or rush to your child’s school, please follow the tips listed below.

DO tune into local TV/Radio stations for official school news alerts.
DO rely only on official communication from school or public safety officials.
DO listen for official information regarding reunification with your child.
DO NOT call or rush to your child’s school. Your presence could interfere with emergency responders.
DO NOT phone your child or school. Staff and students are discouraged from using cell phone communication for safety reasons.
WCSD Local Safety Plan Standard (2018-2019) -Table of Contents.pdf