Emergency Preparedness


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West Allegheny School District adheres to the tenet that all students have the collective potential to learn and thrive within safe and supportive environments.  To support this commitment, the District works closely with local, state and national law enforcement as well as mental health experts to review, refine and enhance preventative and preparedness measures in all of our schools.  


Parents play a vital role when schools are responding to an emergency situation.  District officials must react quickly and follow established and practiced emergency protocols to safeguard students and staff, secure schools, and communicate accurate information in a timely manner.  There are several steps that parents can take to assist in emergency situations:


  • If you or your child SEE SOMETHING concerning or out of the ordinary, SAY SOMETHING to your child’s school/administration or law enforcement.
  • Keep emergency contact information current.  If there is a change to your email, or home, work or cell phone number, please update your profile in Skyward for each child.
  • Be on alert for updates from the school district via your indicated preferred methods of communication, i.e. phone, text and/or email as well as the District website.
  • Talk with your child(ren) about your family’s emergency notification procedures.  In emergency situations, students will only be released to individuals identified as emergency contacts.
  • In emergency situations, parents/adults must provide identification upon pick up of students.
  • Become familiar with the District’s Emergency Operations and Communication Plan.
  • Rely only on official information provided by the District or law enforcement as outside rumors and inaccuracies are quick to spread in times of emergency.


  • For the safety of students and staff, DO NOT call or rush to your child’s school. Phone lines and staff are needed for emergency response efforts.  Congested entries significantly impede emergency operations and procedures.  All entrances to the campus will be open to emergency responders and District officials only.
  • So that students can hear and act on important announcements, refrain from repeated texting or calling your child.