Safety

We strive to make CCA a safe school for our students, staff and visitors. There are a number of things in place to help us in achieving this goal and we are continually working on ways that we may improve safety even more.

If you have questions regarding safety at CCA, please feel free to contact Stephanie Gates, CCA Principal at stephanie.gates@ccawenatchee.org.

OUTSIDE AIR QUALITY:

CCA uses the WAQA air quality site to determine when it's safe for students to be outdoors. When the WAQA value is above 150, students must stay indoors.

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EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION:

CCA utilizes Remind as a method of direct communication with parents and guardians. It is important for parents and guardians to keep in close contact with the school to be informed of important safety and school delay/closure information.

BACKGROUND SCREENING:

Before volunteering in the classroom, chaperoning on a field trip, coaching a sports team, etc., every prospective volunteer must complete online training and background screening through Verified Volunteers, CCA's provider of these services. To learn more, email Heather Fredericksen or call (509) 662-2723 ext 10.

SECURITY:

CCA exterior doors are kept locked during school hours, with the exception of the front entry doors which are unlocked.

CCA classroom doors are configured with a "School Safe" lockdown device. This is an 'anti-latch' device that operates in conjunction with the door's existing lock. This device allows the door to be locked from within the classroom in seconds without opening the door, using a key, or leaving the classroom.

CCA's outdoor area covers 10 acres and is secured by a gated/locked chain link fence. This fenced area adjoins the school building, enclosing the playground, outdoor basketball court, softball field, soccer/flag football field, and vehicle storage yard (excluding the parking lot).

CLOSED-CAMPUS POLICY:

Students are not allowed to leave campus during school hours including study hall periods. Campus is defined as the back of the church and Community Service center on the east, Academy Street on the north, and the lower playground area to the west. Parents may give permission for their student to leave campus as provided by completing the Off-Campus Permission Form.

CAMERA SURVEILLANCE:

CCA employs camera surveillance equipment for security purposes. This equipment may or may not be monitored at any time. Surveillance cameras are for the express use of CCA staff and not for public use. All cameras record video. Only the front entry area camera records BOTH video and audio. This area is considered an open public space with no expectation of privacy.

Surveillance cameras will generally be utilized in public areas which may include building entrances, hallways, parking lots, front offices, gymnasium, and cafeteria.

Surveillance cameras will not be installed in “private” areas such as restrooms, locker rooms, changing areas, private offices, and K-12 classrooms.

STAFF TRAINING AND SAFETY SUPPLIES:

CCA staff are trained to assist with emergencies during regular school hours and are certified in CPR/First Aid/AED/Bloodborne Pathogens. Each classroom is equipped with an Emergency Procedure Flip Chart, a fire extinguisher and a disaster backpack containing emergency supplies including a first aid kit, water, snacks, grade-appropriate activities, and parent/guardian contact information.

SAFETY PROCEDURES AND DRILLS:

Several times each school year, CCA staff review school safety procedures. Together with CCA staff, students practice emergency drills regularly throughout the school year. CCA's safety program includes the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) which is based on four actions: Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuate and Shelter. Students are taught the procedures for the various emergency drills that take place, including weather events, fire, accidents, intruders, and other threats to student safety. Click the links to learn more.

AED (AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR):

CCA has placed an AED in the following location: In the hallway just before entering the gym, mounted to the wall. The AED is in an alarmed cabinet. When the cabinet door is opened, a loud alarm will sound which alerts those nearby that there is a potential emergency.

CCA staff are trained to assist with an AED emergency during regular school hours. After school hours this is a public access defibrillation (PAD) program. If you suspect someone is experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest please feel free to use the equipment at our school. Good Samaritan laws protect the layperson in a life-saving attempt, although we recommend becoming trained in CPR/AED as an investment in your health and the health of others.

FACILITIES & SAFETY COMMITTEE

This committee meets bi-monthly to review safety procedures and safety measures that are in place, as well as to investigate and implement new ways to strengthen safety at school.