• The following document outlines procedures, policies, and drills that define the Coddle Creek Elementary Safe School Plan. Coddle Creek Elementary follows the guidelines set forth by the Iredell-Statesville Schools safe schools plan. When a crisis arises, teachers/staff will do everything necessary to maintain the safety of all students. A crisis is defined as any situation or event that affects the functioning of the regular school day; when normal procedures become impossible to maintain. All staff members have a primary responsibility for the welfare of our students (NC statute 115C-325).
    In the event of a crisis, Coddle Creek Elementary will notify parents/guardians as soon as it is deemed appropriate by the principal, superintendent, and/or law enforcement.  We encourage parents/guardians to refrain from contacting or coming to the school to ensure open lines of communication, safety, and means of transportation of law enforcement and/or emergency vehicles. 
    This document is only an outline, designed to inform parents/guardians of basic knowledge of our safety procedures.  Specific actions and information are kept from this page to ensure safety and security.  We encourage you to talk to your children about these procedures and we have confidence that your child will know what to do during each of these procedures. 

    Important Phone Numbers:

    Area Hospitals:

    Iredell Memorial Hospital – (704) 873-5661

    Davis Regional Medical – (704) 873-0281

    Lake Norman Regional Center – (704) 663-1113

    E-COM: (Non-Emergency) (704) 878-3039

    Poison Control Center: 1-800-848-6946

    N.C. Highway Patrol: 1-800-445-1779

    State Bureau of Investigation: 1-828-294-2226

    Mooresville Police Department: (704) 664-3311

    Iredell County Sheriff’s Department: (704) 664-7500


    Expectations during a LOCKDOWN: Many specifics have been removed to ensure ultimate safety.  This is an outline and brief description.

    During any event that would be deemed a crisis, the first action of the supervising staff is to assess the situation and call 9-1-1. 

    a. Clear all students from the hallways immediately and lock classroom door.

    b. Students outside should enter nearest building entrance where they will be locked safely inside a classroom.

    c. Close and lock all windows and doors.

    d. Move students away from windows and doors.

    e. Close blinds, cover door windows, and turn off lights.

    f. Use emergency roster list inside Lockdown Kit to account for all students. IF missing student(s) call the office immediately.



    In the event of a fire within the school building:

    1. Sound the fire alarm immediately. FIRE DRILL - ONE CONTINUOUS, LOUD ALARM

    A loud whistle will be sounded or intercom announcement made should the fire alarm system fail.

    2. Notify the fire department by calling 911.

    3. Notify the superintendent.

    Evacuate the building according to the following procedures:

    a) Students will walk out of the designated exit in a quiet, orderly manner. CCE fire evacuation maps are posted near the classroom doors.

    b) The student reaching the outside door first will hold it open for the others.

    c) The classroom windows should be closed. Classroom doors should be closed by the last person to leave the room.

    d) Teachers will take class lists of students and do a head count after exiting the building. Students should check to see if their pre-assigned “buddy” is accounted for.

    e) Students must go a safe distance from the building and must not stand in any driveway or other hard-surfaced area which would impede emerging vehicles.

    f) Children who are unaccounted for are to be reported to the principal or assistant principal immediately.

    4. Access roads will be kept open for emergency vehicles by the custodial staff under the direction of the principal or assistant principal.

    5. Students and staff members will be allowed to return to the building at the direction of the principal only upon the recommendation of the fire department.

    6. If a fire occurs near the school, the principal will determine the course of action. Call the Chief Operations Officer

    7. Decisions regarding school dismissal or other further actions are the prerogative of the superintendent.


    Steps of Action to take in Case of a Tornado Warning: (This is also procedure for a Tornado Drill)

     1) The signal for a tornado warning should be made using the PA system. This sound will be different than the fire alarm sound. Principal may send an adult runner to areas without a PA system or classes that are outside the building. Should the electricity be out, teachers will be notified through a portable bull horn announcement in the hallways.

    2) Students should proceed to their designated position against the wall in the hallways and assume a kneeling position, head down, with hands covering their heads.

    3) Students in unsafe locations (such as mobile classrooms) will go to pre-assigned locations at the direction of the teacher. Teachers will know where to take students for their classrooms. Evacuation routes will be posted in each class.

    4) Teachers are to close classroom doors after students exit into hallways.

    5) Quiet is extremely important so that any necessary directions may be heard down the hallway.

    6) Teachers should keep their class rosters with them during the emergency to verify student classroom counts. Students should be aware of the whereabouts of their pre-assigned “buddy.”

    7) In an outside office, blinds are to be closed on windows and office personnel are to use telephones in the inner office away from glass windows.

    8) Under no circumstances are students to be in rooms on the west side of the building, in the gym, cafeteria, or portable classrooms during a tornado or tornado drill.

    9) During a tornado watch, a weather spotter – usually the custodian – should be posted in a southwest area and should notify the office if a tornado is sighted.

    10) If a tornado is sighted, call 911.

    11) The all-clear signal will be a verbal or PA announcement by the principal or the designee.

    12) If a tornado should hit the school, the principal will determine when and if the building should be evacuated and to what extent it should be evacuated.

    13) Call 911 for emergency assistance. Call the Central Office and Superintendent.

    14) The Immediate Emergency Response Team and other staff members will act according to their roles to evaluate injuries, administer first aid and take other appropriate action.

    15) Remain in place until an “All Clear” is sounded via the intercom.



    Dial 9-1-1

    If an explosive device is either present or alleged to be present in the school or on the premises, the fire alarm will sound and normal fire procedures will be used unless special instructions regarding a change of procedures is announced.

    Nuclear Emergency

    In the event a nuclear emergency threatens our school, the staff will be alerted over the intercom. If the emergency involves a nuclear blast, use the tornado plan to shelter students in place. Windows may need to close while sheltering.

    If the emergency involves a nuclear power plant, proceed as follows:

    1) Prepare students for evacuation to shelter at South Iredell High School.

    2) Evacuate students to buses and load.

    3) Staff is to evacuate to the shelter location with students and remain with students until notified by the Superintendent and/or school system that the emergency has ended.