Parent Emergency and Disaster Information

  • Dear Parents: 


    Should an emergency or disaster situation ever arise in our area while school is in session, we want you to be aware that the Denton Independent School District and Adkins Elementary have made preparations to respond effectively to such situations. Public schools in Texas are required to meet stringent disaster response standards, and that is a responsibility we take very seriously at this campus.


    In the event of a disaster during school hours, your student(s) will be cared for at this school. Denton ISD has formulated a detailed disaster plan to respond to any crisis situation.


    Your cooperation is vital in any emergency. In case of emergency, please help us by doing the following: 


    1. Do not telephone the school. Telephone lines will be needed for emergency communication. Any large overload of services may result in the entire phone system shutting down, disabling phone contact with emergency personnel. It is important for parents not to telephone the school, though this is likely in contradiction of your parental instincts. 


    2. In the event of a serious incident, students will be kept at their school until they are picked up by an identified, responsible adult who has been designated as such on a school district registration documents which are filled out by parents at the beginning of the year.


    3. If students are to be kept at school or evacuated to their alternative site, you will be notified. Impress upon your children the need for them to remain calm and quiet and follow the direction of any school personnel in times of an emergency.


    Impress upon your children the need for them to remain calm and quiet and follow the direction of any school personnel in times of an emergency.


    Students will be released only to parents and persons identified on the students' registration paperwork. They will be asked for picture identification.

    During an extreme emergency, students will be released at a designated reunion location. Our off-campus relocation site is Primrose School of Lantana for ECSE, AFS, Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade. The relocation site for 2nd - 5th Grade will be E.P. Rayzor Elementary. Parents should plan on being patient and understanding with the student release process. It is a methodical process designed to ensure that your child has been  released to the adult of your choice or is being taken care of by us until you, the parent, arrives. Please instruct your student to remain at school until you or a designee arrives.

    Since local telephone service may be disrupted, also list an out-of-state contact on the emergency card as these calls may still be made out of the area while incoming calls are affected.


    Our disaster responses include:


    Fire drills simulate incidents such as fire or explosions and are practiced every month that includes 10 or more instructional days. Each classroom has a fire evacuation route posted on the wall. Students are instructed to quickly and quietly exit the building.

    In the event of an off-site evacuation, students will be taken to their specific locations listed above. Parents will receive a callout or email letting them know there has been a site evacuation. This communication will include where the site evacuations are located as well as the items they need to bring so that they can be identified and have their children released to them.


    Shelter in place or lockout procedures are implemented in the event of a police emergency near the school. A hazardous release event, like a chemical spill, could also cause the school to initiate shelter in place procedures. In the event an intruder enters the school, lockdown procedures are followed.


    Our campus is equipped with designated weather safe areas.  In the event that tornadoes are touching down in the vicinity, students would be moved to the weather safe areas until the severe weather subsides. The office staff is continuously monitoring the weather for any signs of trouble, so that we are prepared to move students quickly. Please discuss these matters with your family. You may even want to begin your own family plan of action. We like to call it planning for the worst, but expecting the best. 


    Thanks for your cooperation. We appreciate all of your support. 


    Adkins Elementary Staff