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Each school’s emergency management plan is reviewed and revised annually and after each emergency. Board policy requires our schools to have emergency plans for many different types of emergencies. Below, you will find answers to some of the questions that parents frequently ask during and after a crisis.
How does Tulsa Public Schools respond in the case of an emergency?

When the district determines an emergency has occurred, three possible plans of action occur:

  1. Go home plan: students return to their homes as quickly and safely as possible. Each school maintains information for emergency contacts for each child.

    It is critical that parents and legal guardians advise the school office staff every time emergency contact information changes.
  2. Shelter-in-place plan: students stay in their buildings. Typically, inside sheltering is considered a short-term solution. Specific areas of each building are identified as safety zones. Students in school buildings who are not in classrooms will be escorted by staff to a supervised area and remain there until otherwise notified. No one will be allowed to enter or leave the school for any reason.
  3. Evacuation plan: requires that all building occupants exit the building and go to a previously-identified, safe alternate location. Evacuation may mean only going outside and away from the building until an all-clear signal is given. In some circumstances, students and staff may need to be transported and housed temporarily in another location.
If a school is evacuated, how will I know where to pick up my child?

In the event students must be moved to an alternate location, the school will use a number of communications tools including phone, email, social media, and news media to attempt to advise all parents of the alternate location.

Each school has several alternative locations that may be used depending upon the severity of the emergency and the number of school buildings involved. Police, fire, and county and state authorities are aware of the alternate locations for each school. In the event of an emergency, schools may contact you directly; this is why it is important for your school to have updated emergency contact information for your child.

Should I pick up my child at school during an emergency?

It is every guardian’s natural instinct to go to the school during an emergency, but doing so may interfere with the school’s ability to effectively and efficiently respond to the situation. We strongly encourage parents to not come to the school during an emergency unless and until directed by the district to do so. In most cases, school district administration and district and local emergency responders are the only individuals allowed to enter or leave the school campus or building during emergencies.

Where will I get accurate information during an emergency?

The district will use every communications method available to keep parents up-to-date during an emergency.

These include:

  • Tulsa Public Schools website (updates are posted on the home page)
  • Facebook
  • SchoolMessenger (email, text, or phone call)
  • Local news media (be sure to listen carefully for official announcements from TPS)
  • Schools may contact you directly; this is why it is important for your school to have updated emergency contact information for your child.
What can I do to be best prepared for emergencies?
  • Make sure your child's school has the most accurate emergency contact information on file.
  • Talk to your child about the importance of following directions and listening to school staff during an emergency.
  • Monitor the district communications methods mentioned above.
  • Make sure you and your family have a personal disaster plan. Visit the following links for additional resources on talking to your kids about disasters: