Anderson School Health and Safety Information
Medical forms must be completed in the Powerschool portal by parents in order for treatment to be provided by the nurse. Medical records are an important piece in serving our students. Students are required to have medical records submitted and immunizations up to date as required by PA School Health Code. Physical and dental forms are available on our website, as well as a form for permission for a student to receive over-the-counter medications from the nurse. All prescription medications must be provided by the parent in the original prescription container. The nurse will also need a signed permission form from the parent and physician to administer the medication. Parents or guardians must bring refills directly to the building and provide to nurse or designated personnel. At no time may a student transport their prescription refills on the bus. Students may not keep any prescription drugs and/or over-the-counter drugs with them in school.
Anderson School follows CDC guidelines, which are updated regularly and reviewed by the MCIU Safety Committee.
Reporting a Concern
Students have the option to use a Student Support Form to easily report a concern for themselves or someone else directly to the principal and counselor. If they are outside of school, they can use Safe2Say. Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. With Safe2Say Something, it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies. Contact 1-844-SAF2SAY or www.safe2saypa.org
Morning Searches and Wanding
When students enter the building, they will be asked to place any bags and/or heavy coats on the desk to be searched by staff. The school also uses a metal-detecting “wand” to ensure the safety of all students and staff. Each student will be wanded when they enter the building. Students may be required to remove shoes to be searched. This is for the safety and security of every student and staff member of The Anderson School.
Open Containers/Prohibited Food Items
Students will not be allowed to enter the building with any open containers. If you are bringing containers into school, please make sure the seal around the lid has not been broken. Please do not bring two liter bottles of soda, energy drinks (i.e. Monster, Red Bull etc.), hot products (teas, coffees, etc.), smoothies/milkshakes/iced drinks, and/or large bags of chips/candy, etc. to school. If you do bring one of the above prohibited items, you will be asked to dump it outside or in the trash before entering the school building
The Anderson School offers free breakfast and lunch which are provided by a catering service daily. Food/unopened beverages brought from home must be dropped off in the cafeteria in the morning. Please note that no glass or opened containers (unless empty) should be brought to school. Ordering food or fast food lunches are not permitted for students. No food or beverage is to leave the cafeteria unless the student has permission from the teacher to bring an item to the classroom.
Anderson School reserves the right to conduct random searches at any time based on reasonable suspicion. Areas may include: person, school locker and personal belongings.
Fire and Intruder Drills
Monthly drills are designed to prepare students and staff in case of a fire or intruder.
Each classroom is provided with a detailed drawing of the primary and secondary exit routes for the students and staff. Each teacher will have previously discussed the primary route to take in case of a fire or intruder and the secondary route that will be used in case the primary route is not available. When the fire bell sounds, all students must leave the building using the proper exits in an orderly and quiet manner. Student and staff are trained to “Run, Hide or Fight” (https://www.ready.gov/active-shooter) in case of an intruder. Assigned teachers will be responsible to direct students, make sure that classroom lights are turned off, doors are closed and that all students and staff are either safely locked down or exited the building. Upon leaving the building, each class moves to the area designated by their teacher or staff member and remains there until notified to return inside the building. Illegally setting off the fire alarm is a major infraction which is a criminal offense and violators will be prosecuted. The Anderson School has a reunification site at the Eastern PA Conference of United Methodist Church at 980 Madison Avenue Norristown, PA in case of building evacuation. This location is just a few blocks from the school. Students are to stay with their assigned teachers, remain quiet, and follow all directions in an emergency. Students need to be aware of all the emergency escape routes from the assigned classrooms.