Thursday, April 26, 2012


No I Did Not.

Subject: Pirncipal's Info Bulletin
Date: April 25, 2012 11:20:43 AM PDT
To: "Concordia ListServe" <>

Concordia Elementary School

Dear Parents,

As you may be aware, on the afternoon of Friday, April 20, the Capistrano Unified School District received an “unusual event” notification from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).  Following the protocol outlined in the SONGS Emergency Response Plan, the District immediately shared this notification with all of the schools within the power plant’s Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ).  When an unusual event is declared at the plant, CUSD schools within the EPZ are directed to prepare to evacuate or shelter in place.

Upon receiving this notification at approximately 1:30 PM, I made the decision to notify teachers about the unusual event and directed them to remain in their classrooms with their students.  On Friday afternoons, many of our classes are typically outdoors having P.E. and are unable to hear announcements from the office.  Having teachers remain in their classrooms ensured that we could communicate directly with them to update them on the status of the event at the plant.  We communicated clearly that we were not calling for a shelter in place, which requires staff to close doors and windows, and to keep students indoors.   Teachers were told that students could leave class to use the restroom and that normal classroom activities could continue.  We simply wanted to keep teachers close and accessible for direct communication and further instructions if necessary.  We had a regular dismissal at 2:05 PM, and were notified that the incident at SONGS was closed at 2:40 PM.

I wanted to share this information with you in case you had questions about our actions on Friday.  Please know that student safety is our utmost concern.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this matter.


Dave Gerhard, Principal
Concordia Elementary School

Connect Ed,

If this had bean an actual emergency this is what we would have done with your children

1 comment:

  1. I have questions...lots of them. What would the next step be if it had been even more serious? Information I've found says the parents would not be able to pick up their children until after they were bussed to Orange County Fairgrounds. Good luck getting there by the way in case of emergency! I have grandchildren in that school and would love to get some answers.


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