International School Manila

Integrity - Service - Merit

School Closure Guidelines

GUIDELINES REGARDING SCHOOL CLOSURE


GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. The decision regarding whether ISM is to open or close is made by the Crisis Response Team (CRT) that includes the Superintendent, the ISM Director of Security and the ISM Transportation Coordina-tor. Any school closure announcement will be issued by 5:30 a.m. At all times, the safety of students is our priority.
  2. The final decision as to whether to send a child to school during adverse conditions does of course rest with the parents. It may be that the school remains open, but travel is hazardous in some few parts of the city. In such circumstances, parents should use their best judgment.
  3. Should a typhoon emergency occur during a school day, teachers and administrators will do their utmost to ensure the safety of students. Teachers will carry on their normal duties and continue until normal dismissal times. Should a typhoon signal change to a higher level or an emergency situation develop during a school day, please read the instructions below:


CONTINGENCIES REGARDING CLOSING DURING TYPHOONS

  1. Storm Signal 1 Conditions
    1.1 When Storm Signal 1 is declared, school will remain open.
  2. Storm Signal 2 Conditions
    2.1 If Storm Signal 2 is declared before 5:30 a.m., ISM will close.
    2.2 An announcement to parents regarding closing of the school will be made as soon as possible.
    2.3 Information will be transmitted to parents by the Telephone Tree, Mass Text Messaging System, Bus System and Administrative Telephone Tree.
    2.4 If Storm Signal 2 is declared after 5:30 a.m., ISM will remain open until the end of the school day, but practices and activities will be cancelled, and all students must leave campus by 3:00 p.m.
  3. Storm Signal 3 Conditions
    3.1 When Storm Signal 3 or higher is declared, there are no classes.
    3.2 If school is in session when this happens, students will remain on campus until they are collected by parents or their authorized representatives or until the school can transport them home.


OTHER EMERGENCY SITUATIONS

In the event of severe weather conditions or other calamity but in the absence of a declared Storm Signal, decisions on school closure will be made by the CRT informed by Government Agencies and the situa-tion on the ground. In all such cases, parents should wait information from the school, which will provide definitive guidance on whether or not there are classes.


RELEASING STUDENTS WHEN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION IS DECLARED

  1. Parents may collect their children at any time during an emergency. To ensure proper control of departures, pick-ups will be coordinated by each school office.
  2. Authorized representatives will be allowed to collect children on receipt of a confirmatory tele-phone call, e-mail or written note from the parent.

 

TYPHOON STORM SIGNAL

BEFORE SCHOOL OPENS

Decision to close ISM will be announced by 5:30 a.m.

SIGNAL 1

ISM OPEN

SIGNAL 2

ISM CLOSED
Information on closing from: School Telephone Tree
Text Messaging
Call ISM 840.8400
Call ISM Security Office 840.8530 (direct line)

SIGNAL 3 OR 4

ONCE SCHOOL IS IN SESSION

SIGNAL 2 ISM REMAINS OPEN UNTIL NORMAL DISMISSAL TIME
ISM Information via:
School Telephone Tree
 Text Messaging
Call ISM 840.8400
Call ISM Security Office 840.8530 (direct line)
SIGNAL 3 OR 4
  1. Parents may pick up children at anytime. Any other previously authorized person (e.g. driver, neighbor) may pick up child at anytime. Any other person sent to pick up child (with authorization from parent).
  2. Go to Principal’s Office.
  3. Get Permission slip. Get permis-sion slip if parent has duly notified the school. No permission slip will be given if parent has not notified the school.
  4. Go to child’s class to pick up child. Child is not allowed to leave school without the permission slip.
  5. Show permission slip at gate to be allowed to leave school.