Section (6000) Instruction
Policy Name REGULATION - Fire Emergency
Policy Number 6114.1 REG
Date Approved 10/10/1989
Date Revised 10/27/2005
Date Revised 12/14/2009
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 In the event that fire or any odor or fumes suggesting the possibility of fire is discovered in any of the school buildings, the fire department shall be called immediately following giving the signal to evacuate the building.

The principal of each school shall hold at least one fire drill each month in which all students, teachers and other employees shall be required to leave the school building. The initial fire drill must be held not later than thirty (30) days after the first day of each school year.

The format of the crisis response drill shall be developed in consultation with the appropriate local law enforcement agency. Further, a representative of the law enforcement agency may supervise and participate in any of the required crisis response drills.

1. Students must leave the building in an orderly and rapid manner, and teachers are required to verify that all students in their charge have left the building. Any missing student shall be reported to the principal or his or her designee immediately.

2. Real emergencies often call for the use of alternate exists. Teachers must be prepared to select and direct their classes to these alternate exits in the event that the designated escape route is blocked.

3. A record shall be kept in the principal's office of each fire drill conducted. A copy of the record shall also be filed in the Office of the Superintendent.

Principals and teachers shall recognize that the essential element in any emergency is prevention of panic. Principals and teachers shall afford students such confidence as clarity of direction and strong supervision.

Fire Alarm Procedures

1. When a fire alarm is pulled, the following procedure should be used:
A. Hang up all intercoms and phones.
B. Staff is to check assigned fire boxes.
1. If the box is activated, call the office
2. Investigate the area surrounding the box for presence of fire.
C. Escort students from the building.

2. The fire signal is a constant alarm. At the signal all occupants of each room or area must leave the building in accordance with the directions prescribed. The principal will signal when it is safe to re-enter the building.

3. Each school must have a building plan showing where the occupants of each room should report. Procedures for ensuring that all students have exited the building must be in place.

4. Teachers are to inform each class where to go during an emergency evacuation or fire drill. There should be no talking during a fire drill. Classroom doors and windows are to be closed, and lights should be turned off. Teachers should be certain the fire directions for each classroom are permanently posted in a prominent place.

Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes

10-231 Fire drills (as amended by PA 00-220 and PA 09-131)