The Mt. Lebanon School District is committed to taking proactive measures to protect the safety of all our students and staff members. We have made preparations to deal effectively with emergency situations that could occur in or around the school while classes are in session. While we hope that a natural disaster or other serious incident never occurs, our goal is to be as prepared as possible for any potential emergency. Our priority at all times is to protect all students and staff from harm.
The District and all school facilities have crisis and safety plans. The plans are designed with the assistance of administrative staff members, as well as local law enforcement, emergency management, and public health officials. The plans, which are regularly reviewed and updated, include procedures to respond to a variety of crisis incidents. School district personnel and students practice drills associated with specific emergencies on a regular basis.
The Mt. Lebanon School District administrators consult with local, state, and federal health, safety and emergency personnel to develop and maintain plans for coping with a variety of emergency response situations. The District's Safety and Security Committee, made up of school administrators and staff, representatives of the Mt. Lebanon Police Department, Mt. Lebanon Fire Department, and MRTSA meet during the school year to discuss crisis response, management, prevention and communication. Members of the committee are NIMS certified and attend state and local safety and security training sessions annually.
If you have any questions about your school's safety responses, please contact your school principal.
Call 9-1-1 to report suspicious incidents or behavior.
Important Emergency Information for Parents
Each school in the Mt. Lebanon School District has a safety and security plan. These plans are designed with the expertise of administrative staff members, local law enforcement, emergency management and public health officials.
The plans include procedures to respond to a variety of situations. In general, each plan involves the designation of a crisis management team, development of evacuation, shelter-in-place and ALICE procedures, preparation of a portable critical response kit that contains key information and supplies, designation of one or more appropriate evacuation sites, provisions for training personnel and updating the plan, checklists for dealing with specific types of incidents and resources for help before, during and after an event. All Mt. Lebanon school plans have been reviewed within the last twelve months, and school crisis teams have received training.
In the event of a school emergency, parents will receive a phone call from the District's Emergency Phone Alert System to the primary phone number listed with the school. Your caller ID will display “Mt. Lebanon School District” and the District’s main number of 412-344-2000. Parents who have entered their email information in the Dashboard will also receive email updates. The success of this system depends on accurate contact information obtained from school records. If your information has changed, please update your phone numbers in the Dashboard.
Additional Resources for School Emergency Information:
· MTLSD website: www.mtlsd.org
· School District Cable Channels 19 (Comcast) and 33 (Verizon)
· Twitter: @MTLSD
· Facebook: www.facebook.com/MTLSD
· Push notifications through the MTL APP (Available for iOS and Android)
In order for our emergency response plans to be effective, we must depend on the cooperation and assistance of many people, such as local police and fire departments. We also depend upon the parents of our students to support our efforts. Your cooperation is vital to helping us protect the safety and welfare of all children and school employees. Therefore, we ask parents to observe the following procedures during a crisis situation:
- Check for a call from the MTLSD Phone Alert system. A phone call will be sent from the District to notify parents of a school emergency. Make sure your contact numbers are up to date.
- Check your email. Email notification will be available to those users who have entered their email addresses in the Dashboard.
- Keep your contact information updated on the Dashboard and in the school office.
- Talk to your children. Emphasize how important it is for them to follow instructions from their teachers and school officials during an emergency.
- If you see something, say something and encourage your children to do the same.
- Call 9-1-1 to report suspicious incidents or behavior.
- Do not come to the school or evacuation location until you are instructed to do so. It may be necessary to keep the streets and parking lot clear for emergency vehicles.
- Do not telephone the school. We understand and respect your concern, but it is essential that the telephone system be available for emergency communications.
A.L.I.C.E. is a school safety program developed to offer additional options for students and staff when dealing with a violent intruder situation. The letters A.L.I.C.E. are an acronym that stands for: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. These five components form the basis of the program’s age-appropriate training.
The school district, in partnership with the Mt. Lebanon Police Department, implemented the A.L.I.C.E. program with staff and students in 2015. Age-appropriate training for all District students is based on the A.L.I.C.E. program. This program informs the procedures the District uses for drills that take place in the schools during the school year.
For more information about our school safety programs and A.L.I.C.E, watch a video, Keeping Our Students Safe presented by the Mt. Lebanon Police Department and District administrators at a parent forum to introduce the ALICE program held on December 2014.
PARENTS and GUARDIANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THEIR CHILD'S SCHOOL COUNSELOR FOR ADDITIONAL RESOURCES and assistance.
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
American Psychological Association
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
American School Counselor Association
Scholastic: Resources for Responding to Violence and Tragedy
- Resources for Responding to Violence and Tragedy: Expert advice for teachers and parents on reassuring children after disturbing events.
- 3 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Scary News
- Talking to Your Kids About Natural Disasters, War, and Violence