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In advance of grand jury decision, schools remind parents of emergency procedures

In advance of grand jury decision, schools remind parents of emergency procedures

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First day of school in Ferguson

Children line up outside at the first day of school at Johnson Wabash Elementary School in Ferguson on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Photo by Cristina Fletes-Boutte, cfletes-boutte@post-dispatch.com

The Ferguson-Florissant and Clayton school districts sent letters to parents this week with reminders of emergency procedures should classes be canceled, delayed or dismissed early.

Schools typically send reminders before winter begins of inclement weather procedures. But the districts want parents to be especially cognizant this year as the public awaits a decision from the St. Louis County grand jury on whether to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

“Should any event occur during school hours which presents a concern for public safety, a decision will be made as soon as possible regarding any necessary changes to the school day schedule, and we will evaluate whether bus transportation will be possible depending on several factors including road closures impacting bus routes,” Ferguson-Florissant’s Acting Superintendent Larry Larrew wrote.

The schools also are reminding parents to alert their school of any updates to phone numbers or emergency contacts who are allowed to pick up their child.

“While we try not to close school early due to weather-related concerns, there could be other emergency situations where parents/guardians are asked to pick up students early from school. Every family should have a plan for picking up children from school in such a situation,” wrote Chris Tennill, Clayton’s chief communication officer.

The Riverview Gardens School District is doing the same, and working with local churches where clergy are also reminding parents on Sunday to update student information cards.

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Jessica Bock is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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