Care of Students in a General Emergency (TMI)


If an emergency should arise when students are in school, action will be taken to protect the health and safety of each child. The District has multi-hazard plans in place to deal with situations which would require students to be sheltered. Specific plans for each building are found in each school office. Parents may speak with their child’s principal for additional information.

In the event of a general emergency at Three Mile Island (TMI) requiring evacuation of several of the schools in the District, students will be bused directly to those sites designated as evacuation centers. The evacuation centers are Allen Middle School, Cedar Cliff High School, Washington Heights Elementary School, and the Christ Community Church (1201 Slate Hill Road, Camp Hill). All of these locations are outside TMI’s ten-mile zone. Parents or authorized persons are to meet their children at these assigned locations. Parents are urged not to call the schools or attempt to make different arrangements during an emergency. This will only create confusion.

In case of an emergency at TMI, the following plan will be utilized. In the event a school would be evacuated for a reason other than a TMI emergency, the evacuation site will be announced at that time.

Cedar Cliff High School
Students living inside the ten-mile zone will remain at Cedar Cliff. Students who live outside the ten-mile zone will be sent home. 

Red Land High School
All students will be taken by bus to Cedar Cliff High School. Parents should pick up students there.

Allen Middle School
Students who live inside the ten-mile zone (generally York County and Lisburn area) will be held at school for parents to pick up. Students who live outside the ten-mile zone (generally Cumberland County) will be sent home as soon as buses are available. Parents may also come to the school to pick up students who live outside the ten-mile zone.

Crossroads & New Cumberland Middle Schools
All students will be evacuated to Christ Community Church and should be picked up there.

Fairview, Fishing Creek, Newberry, and Red Mill Elementary Schools 
All students will be evacuated to Allen Middle School. Parents should pick up students there.

Hillside Elementary School
All students will be evacuated to Washington Heights Elementary School and should be picked up there.

Washington Heights, Highland, Lower Allen, and Rossmoyne Elementary Schools 
All students will remain at their schools. Parents should pick up students there.

Parents and authorized persons who are coming to pick up students at the evacuation sites will need to provide identification and sign a register at the pick-up point before a student is released. Proof of identity may consist of a driver’s license, passport or other routinely accepted identification. Picture identification is preferred. The child will also be required to verbally identify the individual with whom he or she is to be released.

A student will not be released to another adult during a declared TMI emergency without prior written approval of a parent or guardian, and an appropriate authorization form must be on file at the home school. 

The best protective action in a radiation emergency continues to be evacuation. Therefore, the District requests parents cooperate in attempting to pick up their children from school only after the children have been evacuated to a school outside the ten-mile area. Should such an emergency occur in the greater Harrisburg/York area, the media will broadcast official recommendations to the public for protective actions. 

Potassium Iodine (KI)

Following a recent review of our TMI response plan with state and federal agencies, the District will no longer distribute Potassium Iodine (KI) to students.  Parents who reside within a 10-mile radius of TMI who wish to obtain KI for their families may do so by contacting the Department of Health and/or County Health Department offices. To find the office in your area, visit or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258). 

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