PS/MS 129 John H. Finley
425 W 130th St. NY,NY

Odelphia Pierre


John H. Finley  

Excellence without Excuses

School Emergency Protocols 

The safety and security of PS 129 students is our number one priority. We provide training to our staff and students to plan for the unlikely event of a serious emergency. In the act of an evacuation, we will update the school website as soon as it is safe to do so. Evacuation location details will be provided here.


Students are trained to: 
 1. Remain inside of the building 
 2. Conduct business as usual 
 3. Respond to specific staff directions 
Teachers are trained to: 
1. Increase situational awareness 
2. Conduct business as usual 
3. The Shelter- In directive will remain in effect until hearing the “All Clear” message “The Shelter- In has been lifted” followed by specific directions.


Students are trained to: 
 1. Move out of sight and maintain silence 
Teachers are trained to: 
 1. Check the hallway outside of their classrooms for students, lock classroom doors, and turn the lights off 
 2. Move away from sight and maintain silence 
 3. Wait for First Responders to open door or the “All Clear” message “The Lockdown has been lifted” followed by specific directions. 
 4. Take attendance and account for missing students by contacting main office

Understanding lockdowns:
Soft Lockdown: No Imminent Danger

Administrative teams, Building Response Teams, and School Safety Agents will meet at the designated command post for further direction.

Hard Lockdown: Imminent Danger

No one should sweep the school in a hard lock-down. All individuals, including School Safety Agents will take appropriate lock-down action and await the arrival of first responders.


Students are trained to: 
 1. Leave belongings behind and form a single file line. In cold weather, students should be reminded to take their coats when leaving the classroom. Students in physical education attire WILL NOT return to the locker room. Students without proper outdoor attire will be secured in a warm location as immediately as possible. 
Teachers are trained to: 
1. Grab evacuation folder (with attendance sheet and Assembly cards). 
 2. Lead students to evacuation location as identified on Fire Drill Posters. ALWAYS LISTEN FOR ADDITIONAL DIRECTIONS 
 3. Take attendance and account for students. 
4. Report injuries, problems, or missing students to school staff and first responders using Assembly Card method.