IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT OR WEATHER CLOSING IT WILL APPEAR HERE FIRST ON OUR TWITTER FEED. PLEASE FOLLOW THE PROCEDURES OUTLINED BELOW:
Please check this page of the website often during possible weather situations.
Please download and check the Cullman EMA app during weather and emergency situations. School closing announcements will also be made over radio station WKUL 92.1 FM and on the Cullman EMA app.
We will follow the City of Cullman's emergency plan of action.
Other sources of information include: local TV stations, AL.com, the Cullman Times, CCS Facebook feed.
Please sign up for school closing announcements on myfoxclosings.com.
Tornado drills shall be held in each school during the schools year, with at least one of the drills being conducted during the months immediately preceding the normal tornado season.
1. Release of Students During Tornado Watches
Parents or guardians are advised that when a tornado WATCH is in effect during the school day, students will remain in their regular school settings, i.e., classrooms, play areas, etc. When a tornado WATCH is in effect at the conclusion of the normal school day, students will be released via regular dismissal procedures and transportation plans. Parents or guardians are discouraged from coming to the school to pick-up their child (ren) during tornado WATCHES
2. Release of Students During Tornado Warnings
Parents or guardians are advised that when a tornado WARNING is in effect during the school day, students will be placed in the safest locations available at their school. Parents or guardians are advised that when a tornado WARNING is in effect at the conclusion of the normal school day, students WILL NOT be released from school until appropriate officials cancel the tornado warning. Students may not leave school via any type transportation plans, (i.e. school bus, car pools, private vehicles, walking etc.), except that students may be released during a tornado warning to their parents or guardians, provided their parents or guardians personally come to the school and assume custody of their child(ren). Parents or guardians are discouraged from coming to the school to pick-up their child (ren) during tornado WARNINGS.
We want you to be aware that Cullman Christian School has made many preparations to deal effectively with emergency situations that could occur in or around the School, both during the School day and during after hours activities. While we hope that a natural disaster or other serious incident never occurs, our goal is to be prepared for any potential emergency. At all times, our first priority is to protect all students, staff, and guests from harm.
In order for our emergency response plans to be effective, we depend on the cooperation and assistance of many people, such as the police and the fire department. We also depend on you, as parents, to support our disaster-response 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:
Do not telephone the School. We understand and respect your concern, but it is essential that the telephone system is available for emergency communications.
Make sure that we have emergency contact information for each of your children at all times. We must be able to contact you or your designated representative in an emergency.
Tune your radio to WKUL 92.1 FM for emergency announcements and status reports. You also will receive instructions on where you should go and how/when you may be able to pick up your children. Our School emergency plan includes evacuation procedures with several alternative destinations. Our primary evacuation site is the parking lot between Main Ave and 6th Street, SW . When appropriate and safe, students may be released to their parents/guardians from these shelter locations. Under those circumstances, we will be prepared to implement procedures for confirming the identity of individuals who arrive to pick-up each child. When arriving to pick up your children, please make sure that you have with you your driver’s license or government issued picture identification.
Do not come to the School until instructed to do so. It may be necessary to keep the streets and parking lot clear for emergency vehicles. If evacuation is required, students may be transported to a location away from School. You will be notified of this through the media bulletins.
Talk to your children and emphasize how important it is for them to follow instructions from their teachers and School officials during any emergency.
Parents and other adults must stay calm and focused in an emergency, mindful that their actions and comments will be the example that, to a great extent, determines the children’s response.
Carefully read all information you receive from the School. You may receive updates about our safety procedures from time to time.
When your child is at home following an emergency, try to keep your child away from news being broadcast over the various media. Have an emergency plan at home (see the "Ready In 3" materials, www.dhss.mo.gov). Decide on a telephone number to call outside our community or a place to rendezvous if separated. Keep a “disaster supplies kit” containing drinking water, nonperishable food, batteries, flashlight, radio, medication, toothbrushes, etc. (www.redcross.org).
We are proud that ours is a safe School, and we are doing everything possible to keep it that way. We appreciate your cooperation and support. If you have any questions about this letter or other aspects of our safety procedures, please contact me at 256-734-0734.
Sincerely, Josh Swindall, CCS Headmaster
Information about intruder drill procedures will be posted in each classroom and explained to the students. Evacuation routes will also be posted.
Information about fire and severe weather drill procedures will be posted in each classroom and explained to the students. Evacuation routes will also be posted. Drills will be rehearsed periodically without prior notice.