While thinking about emergencies on campus can be scary, it’s both important and empowering to be prepared.
Mariposa uses protocols developed by the Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities in San Mateo County, called “The Big Five.” Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Big Five Protocols:
If you want to dig a little deeper, take a look at the Big Five Community Packet.
- No one will be allowed to drive on to campus. Please park in the surrounding neighborhoods and walk to the school entrance. Parents may pick up students from Mariposa and/or Tierra Linda from the same student release station. Please follow posted signs and/or staff/volunteer directions showing where to go.
- Ensure you have an ID with you or other identifying information.
- Please do not text or call your child to come to the front during this time. We need to account for all students by following our process and verifying identities.
- Students will be released to emergency contacts only.
Our emergency plan also includes communication with parents. We use the SchoolMessenger app to send emails, phone calls and/or texts during emergencies. If you log into the app and go to “preferences,” you’ll be able to check the phone number and email listed for you and make any necessary changes to your notification preferences.
In the event of a true emergency, the best thing you can do as a parent is to stay away from the school (and refrain from calling both the school and your child) until you are notified to come pick up your student. We understand that this is extremely difficult but it is important for us to focus on keeping all students safe in an emergency. While keeping parents calm and informed is critical, student safety will be our highest priority and it is best if we can avoid anything that distracts from that. Additionally, during a lockdown/barricade protocol, the chiming or buzzing of notifications on students’ devices could draw the attention of an intruder, putting students in further danger.