Laurens County School District 56 wishes the student's educational endeavor to be a happy, successful, and safe experience. In that effort, numerous policies and procedures have been developed in the event of emergencies such as criminal activity, severe or dangerous weather, fires, or other disasters. Naturally, some events such as tornados and earthquakes cannot be prevented. But with all disasters, the effects can be minimized to some degree with proper planning, vigilance, and training. It is the sincere hope of School District 56 that none of these events ever take place in our schools. Please know that the District and its employees will make every effort in maintaining the safety of our students and staff so that our schools will be a comfortable and secure environment where one can pursue their educational dreams.
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(in part, taken from South Carolina Emergency Management Division)
South Carolina is threatened by natural and technological hazards. The threat posed by these hazards is both immediate (e.g., hazardous chemical spill, hurricane, tornado) and long-term (e.g., drought, chronic chemical release). These hazards have the potential to disrupt day-to-day activities, cause extensive property damage, and create mass casualties. Historically, the greatest risk was perceived to be from natural hazards (e.g., hurricanes, tornadoes, severe storms, floods, earthquakes). However, the continued expansion of chemical usage is raising the risk posed by technological hazards (e.g., hazardous chemical releases/spills) in South Carolina.
To see the list of possible hazards please visit Disaster Preparedness, and click on the links for information.
Just as Laurens County School District 56 is preparing for emergencies in an effort to make our schools more safe for staff and children, it is imperative that parents plan for the same emergencies. Please visit the following websites for information on family emergency plans that you may need should a disaster strike our community.
The objectives for the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Grant awarded to School District 56 state that all employees will receive certain levels of NIMS (National Incident Management System) emergency training. The type of training is directly proportional to the employees job duties and responsibilities. ALL EMPLOYEES are required to have NIMS IS-100 and IS-700. This includes bus drivers, food service, teachers, etc.
The following is a breakdown of NIMS levels and required personnel:
IS-100 and 700: All District personnel
IS-200 and 800: CERT Teams,Specific District staff, Principals
1. Always wear a safety belt. Safety belts save lives and help reduce the risk of
serious injury in the event of a crash. Every passenger should wear a safety belt for every car ride, no exceptions. Remember in SC it is illegal NOT to wear your seat belt. And remember to have children safely secured in a child restraint or child seat. See the following link for more information about child restraints: http://www.buckleupsc.com/cps/laws.htm 2. Only use hands-free mobile devices. This year, vow not to text, sort music, or otherwise play with your mobile device while behind the wheel. If you must talk on the phone while driving, use a hands-free headset or pull over to a safe location first. In 2009, 36 percent of crashes were caused by distracted drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). As of January 03, 2012, a new federal law mandates drivers with a Commercial Driver’s License in a commercial truck or SCHOOL BUS cannot operate a hand held cell phone. If stopped by police fines can be as much as $2700.00! Enforce this rule with young drivers in your house too. Fifty percent of teens admit to texting while driving, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). And cell phones are not the only culprit. Many times I have seen drivers reading newspapers, applying makeup, and even shaving while driving. Even boisterous children in the car can cause problems. Just use (and enforce) the “Don’t make me pull this car over!” phrase your parents used! There are many things that distract the driver that cause collisions. Make life simple and safe. 3. Keep your cool. Let go of road rage. That means taking a deep breath when someone cuts you off rather than honking your horn or tailgating. It also means slowing down and steering clear if you see a driver acting erratically. If someone is exhibiting road rage, call 911 and give a complete description of the driver and vehicle as well as direction it is going. If someone is following you aggressively, drive to the nearest police department. NEVER stop and get out confronting them. Many drivers have been murdered this way. The risks are real: Up to 56 percent of fatal crashes are caused by aggressive driving behavior according to the AAA Foundation. Take AAA’s aggressive driver quiz to find out whether you tend to be hostile or calm behind the wheel at the following link: http://www.aaafoundation.org/quizzes/index.cfm?button=aggressive 4. Follow the speed limit. We are all in a hurry, but slowing down could save your life. According to the NHTSA, speeding is a contributing factor in 31 percent of fatal crashes. Male drivers age 15 to 24 are particularly at risk—37 to 39 percent involved in fatal crashes were speeding. Speeding tickets are expensive with some being over $300.00. But they can cause your vehicle insurance to double. 5. Stay grounded in a skid. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) applies anti-lock brakes (ABS) to individual tires to help keep your car going straight in a slide. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requires all 2012 vehicles to include ESC, an improvement estimated to save up to 9,600 lives and prevent up to 238,000 injuries each year. If your car does not have ABS, tap your brakes to avoid locking your wheels and going into a slide. 6. Monitor your tire pressure. Winter’s cold temperatures can deflate tires and reduce tire traction, which can cause you to lose control of your car. Most vehicles have stickers on the driver’s door frame with the correct inflation information. Of course it can also be found in the car’s hand book. You have read it, haven’t you? Tires under inflated by as little as 5 p.s.i. can cause you to lose control in an evasive maneuver. Inspect the tread depth. It should at least reach the President Lincoln’s head on a penny inserted between the grooves. If you have any doubts, refer to a mechanic or tire store. Tires with too little tread can cause you to have an accident and get a ticket from the friendly police officer. 7. Know what to do after a collision. After a crash you should unlock doors, turn on hazard lights and turn off the car. Try to remain calm. Ensure all in the vehicle are okay and call 911 immediately. If it is safe to exit the car, you have a duty to check on the other party to see if they are injured. If there is any question about injuries tell the 911 operator EMS may be needed. Give your name and location. Stay on the line if the operator asks you to do so. Only move the vehicles if their location might cause another collision. Stay in the car and out of traffic if possible. I worked a wreck once where the person was not injured but was struck by another car while she was standing in the road. She survived but with very serious injuries. If people are injured, do not move them unless there is a risk of further serious injury such as the vehicle catching on fire. Moving an injured person can cause more or serious injuries. Unlike the movies, cars rarely catch on fire from an accident. But if you smell a strong odor gas it could. In a collision where the air bags activate, many drivers think the car is smoking because the air bags are coated with a powder that keeps the material from sticking together. This powder becomes airborne when the bag deploys resembling smoke. Be polite to the other driver but admit nothing. Always call 911 and let the police investigate the collision. Should you decide to settle it among yourselves and leave, you may find more damage upon further inspection of your vehicle. But once you leave the scene, Law Enforcement will probably not investigate and you will be stuck. Remember state law requires you to report the collision to the police if the is damage is greater than $1000 or if someone is injured. Failure to do this can result in criminal charges. With cars these days, it doesn’t take much damage to reach the $1000 limit either. 8. NEVER drive if you have consumed any alcohol! We shouldn’t have to discuss this. Studies show that 50% of traffic fatalities are alcohol related. That’s every other one folks. Over the years I have investigated many fatal accidents. It’s never fun. What the driver never sees is the emotional impact on their family. I have had to go to people’s homes to give them the bad news. I have seen family members running up to a wreck scene to find their loved one dead. Think about your family. And if you do drink and drive and you are caught, the cost could be enormous. Thousands of dollars in fines, thousands of dollars for attorney fees, vehicle insurance tripling, lost time from work, time spent in jail, public embarrassment, and in some cases, jobs lost. These are all real possibilities. And remember it’s not only alcohol. Any cough and cold medicine or prescription drugs that impair your judgment and/or abilities can have the same effect and consequences. Don’t do it. Enough said.
Please note that if winter weather conditions cause the need for early dismissal, delayed opening, or cancellation of school, details will be posted to the district website and the district Facebook page. In addition, the following media outlets will be notified:
WLBG Radio Station - 860 AM
WYFF TV Channel 4 (NBC)
WSPA TV Channel 7 (CBS)
WLOS TV Channel 13 (ABC)
WHNS TV Channel 21 (FOX)
Text, email, or voice messages may also be transmitted to those who have set up contact information through the school office or via
PowerSchool Parent Portal
Because of the geographic location of the Laurens School District 56, road conditions may be fine in some areas, while other areas are hazardous. Student safety will always be our number one priority in making a decision to close or delay opening schools.
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