September is Emergency Preparedness Month and IUSD would like to take this opportunity to encourage families and students to be prepared.
What You Need to Know About School
IUSD maintains responsibility for our students. Campuses in the Irvine Unified School District will be secured and students will be kept at school until they can safely be released to parents or authorized guardians through an established reunification process.
We prepare to be self-sufficient. Though IUSD works closely with the Irvine Police Department, the Orange County Fire Authority and other agencies, it may be necessary to coordinate our own response efforts if emergency personnel are tending to more immediate needs. IUSD staff members have been assigned specific roles and responsibilities, which are practiced during drills throughout the year.
Stay Connected with IUSD
SchoolMessenger. IUSD uses SchoolMessenger to send general email, phone and text communications to parents, staff and community members throughout the school year. Schools and the District also use SchoolMessenger for emergency notifications. During an emergency, check your phone, voicemail and email for the most up-to-date information from the District.
Keep Your Information Updated. Make sure we have your most up-to-date contact information. Be sure that your school has updated information about how to reach parents and responsible caregivers to arrange for pick-up. During times of emergency the school telephones may be overwhelmed with calls, so it is important your school knows how to reach you.
IUSD Website. Visit iusd.org for updates and official information.
Social Media. Stay connected to the District on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. During recent disasters throughout the U.S. social media has proven to be a very effective and real-time way to communicate, especially when phone lines are down.
What You Need to Know at Home and Work
For important information about how you can be prepared at home and work for an emergency, visit the Irvine Police Department’s emergency preparedness webpage at cityofirvine.org/prepare. This comprehensive webpage has information about family safety plans, how to assemble a disaster supply kit, and other important information.