Safety and Emergency Procedures
Our staff always has immediate access to a telephone or access to emergency medical assistance. The Emergency Medical/Dental, Fire Emergency exit plans are posted in the school office, by each telephone and at each exit. For the sake of safety, all children must wear rubber soled or anti-skid type shoes.
In Case of a General Emergency: (Defined as: any threat to the safety of children due to environmental situation or threats of violence, natural disasters, loss of power, heat, or water.) We have an arrangement with Hawkins Elementary School, which is directly across the street, to walk our children to the elementary school should any general emergencies arise. See page 21 regarding procedure for Red Alert.
In the event of serious incident, injury or illness: (Defined as: any situation occurring while a child is in the care of the center that requires emergency medical treatment or professional consultation or transportation for emergency treatment.) We immediately call 911 and call parents also.
Weather-Related School Closings
Montessori Day School will close for snow and ice days. We will not be in session in the case of severe weather or hazardous road conditions. Listen and watch for announcements on WTOL – 11, WTVG – 13 and WNWO - 24. Our school name, Montessori Day School or Toledo Montessori Day School, will be listed on the television. The decision to close school is typically made by 7:30 a.m. and is broadcast shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, we are not able to call families regarding school closures.
In the event of a blizzard during school hours, the children’s safety is the primary concern for the staff. Proper staff ratios will be maintained at all times. If the school closes and the highway department has not issued restrictions on driving, families will be called to come and pick up their child. If the weather is such that our families cannot reach the child, the child will remain in the school under staff supervision. This includes overnight care. There will be no additional fee for overnight care due to blizzards. The warmth and comfort of the children takes precedence over other concerns. Arrangements will be made with families to pick up their child the following day.
During the months of March, April and May, we conduct monthly tornado drills. In the event of a tornado, the children will remain in the school under supervision until families can retrieve their child. The comfort and well being of the children is our first concern. Should the need arise for overnight care due to tornado related weather, no fee will be charged. Arrangements will be made the following day for families to pick-up their child.
Montessori Day School operates in full accordance and compliance to the state mandated fire codes. Monthly fire drills are conducted to acquaint the children with the exit routes. All emergency records exit the building with us. In the event of an actual fire, families will be notified as soon as possible of our situation.
In the event of a power failure at the school, the director(s) or staff will contact the power company to have power restored. The children’s safety is always our primary concern. Should a power failure leave the school without power or phone service for a prolonged period, families will be notified and school will be closed.