Security & Emergency Management
Every FCPS student will learn in a safe and secure environment. Administrators and their School Emergency Management Teams are trained to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from all emergency situations in or near our schools. Depending on the situation a school might implement:
- Avoid. Deny. DefendTM – In the event of violence or the threat of violence on school premises, staff will instruct students to move as quickly as possible away from the threat to avoid danger, to deny access with barriers and remain quietly out of sight and, if necessary, to aggressively defend themselves.
- Drop, Cover and Hold – In the event of an earthquake, students and staff drop to the ground, taking cover under a sturdy desk or table and holding onto something sturdy until shaking stops; they carefully exit the building afterward.
- Evacuation – Students and staff move to an area outside on campus or to an off-campus location.
- Lockdown – All doors are locked, no one enters or leaves, students and staff stay inside until the emergency situation clears. Partial Lockdown – Exterior doors remain locked with only authorized access to the building, no students are allowed outside unsupervised, and activities are conducted as usual inside.
- Reverse Evacuation – Students and staff are brought back into the building to protect them from a dangerous situation outside.
- Severe Weather – During severe weather, such as a tornado, students and staff seek shelter immediately using ground-floor interior hallways. They are brought in from portables and outside activities. They stay away from windows and doors with glass and avoid rooms with free-span ceilings such as gyms and cafeterias.
- Shelter in Place – Exterior doors remain locked; air handling units are turned off to protect students and staff from potential hazards outside.
For more information about school safety plans, contact your school principal or visit these sites:
To learn more about preparing for and responding in a community emergency, check these links:
- Frederick County - Preparing for an Emergency (PDF Brochure)
- Frederick County - Emergency Notification System
- Federal Emergency Management Agency Preparation & Prevention Information
Health Emergency Links
- Call 2-1-1 for Health & Human Services
- Pandemic Influenza Planning for Individuals and Families
- Staph/MRSA Facts
Get Emergency Bulletins
For the fastest, most reliable information, check the following:
- Television: FCPS TV on Cable Channel 18 (Frederick area)
- Internet: http://www.fcps.org/
- Email/Text: Sign up for FindOutFirst
In a major emergency, FCPS will use every available means of communication to inform families.
Plan Back-up Care
Pre-arrange emergency back-up care for your child in the event that schools close unexpectedly. Teach your child what to do in case you are not at home when school closes, and provide the school with the name and number of someone nearby who is usually available when you are not at home.
Generally, when schools are closed for reasons of an emergency, school-sponsored after-school and evening activities are canceled or postponed.
Child ID App
The FBI has released a new version if its Child ID App, which provides parents with an easy way to electronically store their children's pictures and vital information to have on hand in case their kids go missing. The information is stored only on your device - not with your mobile provider or the FBI. The Child ID App also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on w hat to do in those first few crucial hours after a child missing. For more information and to download:
Safe Schools and Students
Keeping schools safe is everyone’s responsibility. To help, FCPS has a supervisor of Security and Emergency Management, each school has at least one school counselor, and there are school psychologists assigned to every school. A School Resource Officer (SRO) Program places a deputy sheriff in each high school to assist in maintaining a safe environment. The deputies also respond to needs in the corresponding middle and elementary feeder schools. In addition to their role as law enforcement officers, SROs serve as mentors and positive role models.
FCPS investigates all reported threats. We remind the community: If you See Something, Say Something, and when it comes to social media, please Report It, Don’t Repeat It.
The Frederick community also offers resources to help students in need and keep our schools safe. If you need help or have a concern to discuss, there is always someone to listen. Keep these numbers handy:
- Frederick County Hotline, 301-662-2255
Youth Crisis Hotline, 1-800-422-0009
Crisis intervention, information, referrals and phone support
- Safe Schools Tip Hotline, 1-877-636-6332
To communicate concerns about threats to school or student safety
- Phone Friend, 301-694-8255
A warm line for children home alone