Information for Families in the Event of a School Emergency

Cambridge Public Schools strives to provide a safe and nurturing environment to support learning. There may be times when an incident inside or outside a school requires emergency action. This quick reference guide provides important instructions if there is an emergency at your child’s school. We encourage you to keep this information quickly accessible.

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Parents/Guardians:

  • Be sure the school has your current emergency contact information. Include home, work, and/or cell phone numbers for all parents/guardians.
  • High school students should provide their cell phone number to their Dean’s office.
  • Be sure the names of adults authorized to pick up your child are on file with the school. ID will be required.
  • If your child has a medical condition or requires medication, please speak with the school nurse. This information would be very important for emergency responders to know.

School Procedures:

  • Evacuation- Students and staff quickly exit the school building if there is a hazard/threat inside. If students must remain outside the school building, students may be relocated to designated sites on the right.
  • Lockdown- Students are protected from a security threat within the school building by hiding and remaining silent in their classrooms.
    Secure & Hold- Students are kept in the school building if there is a security threat outside the school. Exterior doors will be secured but activities within the school will not be restricted.
  • Shelter-In-Place- Students are sheltered in the building if there is an airborne hazard, such as chemicals released from a transportation accident outside the building. Students may also be sheltered in the building if there is severe weather in the area.
  • Reunification Procedures- Following an emergency, students and families may need to be reunified. Parents and guardians who have been identified in advance will be allowed to pick up their child at a designated location. ID will be required.

If there is an emergency at school:

  • Please do NOT come to school! Traffic around the school will impede the movement of emergency vehicles.
  • Please do NOT call the school! We will share information and timely updates through ParentSquare, social media, and the website. 

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Contact Us

Office of Safety & Security
Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, Room R103
459 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138

Alicia Bairos, Interim Director
617.349.6772

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