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The SMFCSD Emergency Response and Crisis Management Plan was developed to:

  • Provide for the health and safety of students and staff during emergencies.
  • Provide procedures for effective coordinated response during emergencies.
  • Meet requirements of California and Federal law.

In the Event of a District Emergency

In the event of an emergency disaster, our Emergency Operations Center will be activated. We will be linked to local fire, police and medical personnel. Because of the nature of some disasters, it is important that parents are aware of the following guidelines:

  1. Do not call your child on a cell phone.
  2. For information, call the District office at (650) 312-7700. We will make every effort to have individuals available to answer your questions. In the event phones are not operating, information will be posted on our district website, on our district social media pages and broadcast through local radio and TV stations.
  3. Information updates will be broadcast at regular determined intervals not more than every three hours.
  4. We will determine, with local emergencies agencies, the safest course of action for your child’s well-being. Sometimes, it is not safe or feasible to pick up your child where you usually pick them up.
  5. Please be aware that for the safety of your child, we will take precautions to make sure that your child is released with proper identification and documentation.
  6. Please make sure to keep your child’s emergency information up to date.

In case of emergency, civic disaster or natural event such as a power outage that might affect the operations of our schools, tune to the following radio and TV stations for the most current information:

Emergency Radio and TV Stations

Station Phone Fax
KCBS, 740 AM (San Francisco) (415) 765-4112 (415) 765-4080
KGO, 810AM (San Francisco) (415) 954-8100 (415) 954-8686
KSOL 98.9 FM (Spanish) (415) 989-5765 (415) 733-5766

District Emergency Plan

The emergency component is a multi-hazard emergency plan with contingencies for dealing with a variety of situations. Our priorities are:

  1. Protect the lives of students and staff.
  2. Provide for the needs of survivors in a disaster.
  3. Provide information to students, parents, and guardians.
  4. Protect property.
  5. Restore school operations.

The Big Five - School Emergency Guidelines

San Mateo County's Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities is a collaborative, multi-agency group that was formed in 2013, following the fatal shooting of 26 students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The mission of the Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities is to identify and address safety needs of county youth, to work across agencies to implement best practices in emergency response and mental health, and to support with a legal framework for lawful information-sharing, using a common language.

Through this collaborative process, the Coalition produced the Big Five, a common emergency plan adopted by all San Mateo County School Districts and law enforcement agencies. The Big Five protocol supports high-quality training for school staff and community members and ensures clear channels of communications with schools, first responders, parents and community members should an emergency occur.


It is our hope that through our continuing collaboration and effort, San Mateo County can stand as a model of 21st century school emergency response.

Please visit the San Mateo County Office of Education's website for additional information.