Emergency Planning and Preparedness
The Levittown Public Schools has developed comprehensive Emergency Plans to cover all major emergencies, both natural and human made.
The district emphasizes basic hygienic procedures including the covering of sneezes and coughs, proper disposal of tissues and preventive hand cleansing. Taking these simple measures can be very helpful in preventing the spread of H1N1 and other contagious diseases. While this is a basic approach, it is extremely important and its efficacy will be measured by our success in keeping students healthy. We ask that you reinforce these same practices at home with both young and older children alike. We want to emphasize that these are precautionary measures based on sounds hygiene principles and on the advice of national and international health professionals.
District Emergency Plan
The New York State Education Department Commissioner of Education Regulation Section 155.13 requires that school districts develop an Emergency Plan and update it by October first of each school year. This will insure the safety and health of students and staff and also insure integration and coordination with similar emergency planning at the Municipal, County and State levels. Each school district will designate an Emergency Coordinator to oversee the development, implementation, updating and testing of the Emergency Plan. This individual will coordinate with both internal staff and representatives from external agencies to meet required elements of the law.
Once a year, all students are released earlier than their regularly scheduled dismissal time in order to test the response of the district's Emergency Response Plan. The mandatory safety drills are held in compliance with NYS Education Commissioner's Regulations Section 155.13 and S.A.V.E. Act Regulation 155.17 and the "School District Comprehensive Emergency Plan". These drills will include the participation of the Fire Department, Police Department and other emergency response personnel. In addition, the district conducts an annual sheltering drill within each school building.
Things You Can Do To Stay Healthy
- Stay informed. This website will be updated regularly as information becomes available.
- Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
- Take everyday actions to stay healthy.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
- Find healthy ways to deal with stress and anxiety.
- Call 1-800-CDC-INFO for more information.