Upton Student Handbook


Emergencies & Hazards


The school complies with all fire safety laws, and conduct fire drills in accordance with state law. Specific instructions on procedure will be provided to students by their teachers, who will be responsible for safe, prompt, and orderly evacuation of the building. Tornado drills will be conducted during the tornado season, using the procedure provided by the state. Lockdown drills, in which the students are restricted to the interior of the school building and the building secured, will occur at least two times each school year.

At a time of emergency, it is important to be mentally alert and physically quiet. During a drill students and staff will follow this procedure:

Walk quickly and quietly;
Be orderly;

Do not stop at locker for any reason.

Students must remain quiet, orderly, and obedient to the wishes of any teacher. Fire and tornado drill procedures are posted in each classroom. The fire signal is one long blast; the tornado and lock-down warnings are done by P.A. announcements.


If the school must be closed or the opening delayed because of inclement weather or other conditions, the District will announce school closings beginning at 6:00 a.m., and will notify the following media: radio stations WHFB, WSJM, & WIRX, and TV stations WNDU, WSBT, and FOX. Please do not call the school on bad weather days, but listen to your radio or TV instead. Parents and students are responsible for knowing about emergency closings and delays.

If school must be delayed two hours at the start of the school day due to fog, ice, or other weather issues, it will be announced on the radio and TV beginning at 6:00 a.m. If a two-hour delay is necessary, bus pick-up times will be exactly two hours later than usual. Dismissal at the end of the day would still be 2:44 as usual. Please do not drop your students off at school before 9:15 a.m. on two-hour delay days because we will not have supervision for students who are dropped off early.


The District is concerned for the safety of the students and attempts to comply with all federal and state laws and regulations to protect students from hazards that may result from industrial accidents beyond the control of school officials, or from the presence of asbestos materials used in a previous construction. A copy of the District's preparedness for toxic and asbestos hazards policy and asbestos management plan will be made available for inspection at the District Superintendent's office upon request.

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