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SAFETY INFORMATION 
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BUILDING SECURITY

For the security of our students everyone except students must register at the appropriate principal's office.  A visitor's pass will be issued, and must be worn in a visible manner at all times, while in the school.  (This does not apply to evening activities.) 

All doors except the main entrance will be locked so that entrance may not be gained from the outside after 8:30 A.M.  After 5:30 P.M., the main entrance will be the only exit except when after school activities are scheduled.  For such activities visitors may use the northeast gym door or the entrance nearest the scheduled activity. 

EARTHQUAKE

In case of an earthquake or similar emergency, school personnel on the premises will monitor students until a parent/guardian or a designated representative signs them out.  If someone other than a parent or guardian will be picking up the child, please notify the school in advance in writing, if possible.  If arrangements have not been made in advance, it would be most helpful if the person who comes can provide basic information about the child such as parents' name, address, birth date of the child and show personal identification to a school administrator or teacher. 

FIRE DRILLS

Fire drills are held periodically throughout the year.  At the sound of the fire alarm, each class uses a predetermined route that is designed to exit a class in an orderly and efficient manner. 

PESTICIDES

In 1999, Illinois passed laws requiring that public schools notify parents/guardians and school employees at least 48 hours prior to any pesticide applications on school property.  The term "pesticide" includes insecticides, herbicides, rodenticides and fungicides.   The notification requirement extends to both indoor and outdoor pesticide applications.  Excluded from the notification requirement are antimicrobial agents (such as disinfectants, sanitizers or deodorizers), insecticide baits, and rodenticide baits.   

As in the past Whiteside will continue to take every precaution to protect the health of our students.  Pesticides are used sparingly and usually applied after school on Fridays or during breaks such as over the holidays.  In addition, our head maintenance person has received special training in the appropriate use and application of pesticides. 

Pesticide Registry  - In accordance with State law, Whiteside School District 115 has established a registry of people who wish to be notified in advance when pesticides are to be used.  To be included in this registry, please send a signed, written request including the address to which the notice should be mailed.  Submit this request to the District Superintendent, Dr. Karen Meng.  Any other questions you may have regarding the District's pest management practices may also be directed to Dan Mattern at 233-7917, extension 311.     

PLAYGROUND

Our head maintenance person checks our playground regularly for safety hazards.  He has received special training and has received special certification as a playground safety inspector. 

STORM DRILLS/ EARTHQUAKE DRILLS

Storm drills will be held periodically.  At the signal of intermittent tones, students are to line up in their assigned corridors or sites, face the wall, kneel, and then put their heads between their knees.  Earthquake drills will be held periodically. 

OTHER EMERGENCIES

In case of other emergencies that necessitate the closing of school, the guidelines for "emergency/snow days" will be followed.  Cancellation of school will be announced on local television stations.   If school is in session at the time of the emergency, students may be dismissed to their parents if the parent makes such a request at the Principal's Office.

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