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Spring blossoms attract bees and we are in full bloom at Madison. When bees are seen on our school site, the district’s Pest Control Center is contacted to treat the affected area of the campus. All staff members have been given the district policy on how to deal with bees. 


To make our environment safer and reduce the risk of a bee sting; teach your child to: 

• Use caution and respect all bees.

• Remain alert for bees while participating in outdoor activities.

• Walk away and stay away if bees are sighted. 

• Notify a teacher or adult if they find a nest or swarm.

Emergency Procedures

Madison Emergency Procedures

Drill procedures are summarized below for a quick reference. For more detailed information, please see the Emergency drill report (PDF) posted on the LBUSD web site. 


Earthquake Procedures (ground shaking and after shocks):

1) Implement Drop, Cover, and Hold; 

2) Evacuate to the Emergency Assembly Area using the Buddy Teacher System;

3) Take attendance. 

Fire Procedures (evacuate due to fire, smoke, flames, fire alarm):

1) Evacuate students and staff to the Emergency Assembly Area using the Buddy Teacher System;

2) Take attendance. 

Shelter-In-Place Procedures (seek shelter inside due to an unusual or toxic odor, vapor cloud, bees, physical symptoms such skin/eye irritation, breathing difficulties):

1) Move everyone inside to a safe location away from the hazard;

2) Close all exterior doors and windows. 

Lockdown Procedures (dangerous situations, police activity, gunfire, and intruder):

1) Move everyone inside to a safe location away from danger; 

2) Close and lock all exterior doors and windows, close blinds and shades, and turn off lights. 


After each of the above, students are instructed to remain quietly in place and wait until an “all clear” is announced by principal, and then return to school activities.

Long Beach Unified School District Procedures

Emergency preparedness Procedures
The traditional role for the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) is the education of children. In an
emergency, the routine roles of teachers and school staff will be adjusted to include procedures to assist
students through a crisis.

Parents and family members should be familiar with this information as a part of the emergency planning
process to protect their children. It is prudent to review safety procedures in place at a child’s school. We
know first hand that proper preparation and planning can increase the support to a child’s school in an

Emergency Planning

There is no way of knowing in advance exactly how to respond to every emergency. Furthermore, no threat
has been received specifically targeting schools. Unless otherwise informed, school sessions and activities
will continue as scheduled.

All schools have emergency preparedness plans to minimize risks and to evaluate and relocate students,
teachers, and school staff from harm. Procedures are also written for situations that require everyone to
remain in the building rather than to leave. Emergency drills are practiced on a regular basis to ensure a
smooth process, and are based on district-wide safety procedures.

Evacuation Procedures
Once an emergency has been evaluated, an evacuation may become necessary to ensure the safety of
students and school staff. Each school site’s “Emergency Preparedness Plan” contains maps of designated
“evacuation routes,” or pathways, to selected outside locations known as “assembly areas.”

We encourage parents to stay informed of their child’s school evacuation plans. It is important to know
where the students will be located during an evacuation process. When the situation is determined safe, or
“all clear,” students and staff will return to their classrooms and resume in the learning environment.

When it is decided that students and school staff will not return to the classrooms, or it is the end of the
school day, a process is implemented to reunite students with their parents and family members.

“Reunification” of students is an important component of the Emergency Preparedness Plan. A “request”
gate will be established for parents to provide information and request the release of their children. While
another area is setup for the process to “release” children to their parents and family members.

Duck, Cover, and Hold procedures
When the ground begins shaking during an earthquake, or a loud explosion is heard or felt, a “duck, cover,
and hold” procedure begins. Everyone—students, staff, and all others present—will take the following
protective actions:

Duck and take cover under a nearby desk or table, or “drop” to the ground in the safest place
against an interior wall while avoiding areas near unsecured objects, which may fall.
Cover your eyes by leaning the face downward against the arm, and protect your head by
clasping one hand behind the neck.
Hold on to the table legs or side of the desk and remain in position until the shaking stops,
objects stop falling, or as instructed by a teacher or other official.


Duck, Cover, and Hold: Move away from buildings, power lines, block walls, and other items
that might fall or increase the danger. Take the "drop" position or sit down in a safe area.
Remain in position until the ground stops shaking, or as instructed by a teacher or other official.

Shelter-in-place Procedures
School personnel may make the decision to “Shelter-in-Place” when conditions are present such as an
unusual odor or sound, visible smoke, vapor cloud, or fire. Any of those conditions that may cause skin or
eye irritation, or breathing difficulties, could signal Shelter-in-Place procedures.

Emergency actions will be closely followed and monitored. This procedure directs everyone to report to an
assigned classroom, close and lock classroom doors and windows, and wait for further instructions. Once
public safety responders have determined the area as safe, further instructions will be given. In an
emergency, response procedures will depend on the nature and scope of the incident and prevailing

Emergency Communications

In an emergency, school personnel will provide information to parents as quickly as possible, and available
communication systems will be used to relay announcements and instructions. Recorded emergency
information may be obtained through the district’s telephone at (562) 997-8000, through the media, KKJZ FM
88.1 FM radio, and/or Cable TV Channel 24 (Long Beach), Channel 63 (Lakewood), Channel 77 (Avalon).

School site safety
Congregating at a school will most likely hamper the ability of emergency responders and school personnel
to identify the specific nature, cause, and extent of the emergency. In such cases, school personnel will
follow the direction of public safety and health officials. Again, as information becomes available it will be
given to parents and family members, via available means and the media.

The expectation is schools will do the best they can with their emergency supplies and resources under
whatever circumstances occur, and students, staff, and parents will support their efforts.

School principals and personnel have the training and skills to:
     * Act in response to an emergency.
     * Keep children and staff out of harm’s way.
     * Return the school to the educational setting.

In California, we have a long-term obligation to plan for earthquakes. Recently, this obligation has expanded
to include the modern problems of biological, chemical, and nuclear warfare—weapons of mass destruction.
The impact will vary with the type of disaster, and may endure for long periods. With this in mind, it becomes
readily apparent that schools need to become self-sufficient and work together with the support of the

Please contact the Long Beach Unified School District at 562-997-8000 with any questions, and refer to the
District’s Website.