All New York City schools are required to follow the General Response Protocol (GRP) in case of an emergency. PS 340 administration and staff have been trained to respond should an emergency incident occur. Drills of various types, evacuation (a.k.a fire drills), lockdown and shelter-in, are conducted periodically so that students and staff know what to do in the event of an emergency. Teachers prepare students to participate in each type of drill. The training is designed to be age appropriate and to ensure that students understand the importance of these drills without undergoing unnecessary alarm.
The process of securing the safety of hundreds of students and staff members is complex. Should an emergency occur, we will notify you as quickly as we can, given the circumstances. You can also call 311 or log on to the DOE website (www.schools.nyc.org) If the school is evacuated for any reason, the evacuation site will be posted on the DOE website. We will also do our best to post information on this website, or e-mail you should circumstances allow. Once the students are safely at the evacuation location, they will be released to their designated family members.
Fire and Lockdown Drills
The Department of Education requires eight evacuation drills over the course of the school year and four lockdown drills.
In the event of inclement weather or emergency situations, please listen to your local news channel or visit the DOE website.