Emergencies or Disasters

Injury/Illness
All injured/ill students will be sent to the Health Office. Students stung by a bee must come to the Health Office. Unless it is an emergency, students must come with a pass from their teacher. In case of a serious accident or injury, emergency services will be called to administer medical aid and parents will be notified. A district nurse is at Altimira part-time to supervise hearing and vision tests, screen for scoliosis, maintain records, and other matters. There is a Health Technician at Altimira and the district nurse is on-call at all times. If your child has any special medical situation, it is imperative that you notify the office and include it on the emergency card.

Students who cannot participate in P.E. due to illness or injury must present a note from the parent to their P.E. teacher. Exemptions for more than three days require a doctor's note. Students exempt from P.E. study in the library for that period of time.

Emergency Cards
In cases of emergency, the school needs to contact parents. Please notify the school secretary of any changes in your address, your home phone number or your business phone number. Please fill out the Emergency Information Card with phone numbers where you or a friend/family member can be reached. Without an accurate address you will not receive communication mailed home, including your child's report card.

In the event of a major disaster (fire, earthquake, flood) during school hours, children will be kept at school. They will be released only to previously authorized individuals. The exception would be in the event of a serious injury, when we would send the child for emergency medical care. It is absolutely imperative that the Emergency Card and Student Release Card at school be kept current and accurate. It is the primary document used to locate you or the people you've designated to pick up your child. Your child will NOT be released to anyone who is not on this emergency card.

Telephone systems quickly become overloaded in an emergency, so please do not try to phone the school. Instead, come to school or send a person from your emergency card to pick up your child. Check your local radio and  television stations for information during local disasters and emergencies. Mark your local radio station on your radio's dial. Your child should be made familiar with these stations and their roles in local emergencies.

Emergency Procedures

What to do in an Emergency


While emergencies are not something we expect to happen, it is important to prepare for any eventuality. is dedicated to the safety of our students and is proactive in communicating and upgrading our emergency procedures and policies.

We have included school emergency protocol on our website to keep parents and staff informed and up to date. has also implemented an emergency alert system to notify parents in the event of an emergency during school hours.

What you can do to be prepared:

  • Natural Disasters – Learn what to do in the event of an earthquake or fire
  • Planning – Draft your family’s emergency plan with this PDF template.
  • School Emergencies – Review school emergency protocol and stay on top of updates and changes
  • Emergency Alerts – Sign up for ’s emergency alert system and receive emergency information on your cell phone
  • Release Forms – Fill out a Parent Release Form without a visit to the front office.