General Response Protocol GRP Letter
September 16, 2015
I am writing to inform you that our school will be implementing protocols that will focus on emergency preparedness in all NYC Public Schools.
Every school currently has procedures for emergencies. Drills are conducted throughout the year to prepare our staff and students, and make improvements in emergency planning. Under the new General Response Protocol (GRP), every school will be conducting drills designed to help prepare all school communities for three different types of response to emergencies that may occur: evacuation, shelter-in, and lockdown.
Training has begun in many schools and will continue for staff and students throughout the school year. This training is designed to be age appropriate and to ensure that students understand the importance of these drills without causing unnecessary alarm. Please review the General Response Protocols that have been given to all students, and discuss these procedures with your child.
You are encouraged to take advantage of the many resources that are available to keep families informed if there is an emergency at a school. All families are reminded to update the Emergency Contact Cards that are on file in our main office. This includes providing information indicating phone numbers, and the names of adults to whom the school may release children in an emergency. Families are also encouraged to register with Notify NYC (https://a858-nycnotify.nyc.gov/notifynyc/) to receive information about emergency events, and call 311 for additional information about a school during an emergency.