Learners and classroom leaders alike deserve a safe, caring learning environment; it is critical to personal excellence and success daily. Likewise, good communication and collaboration build trust in our learning community. As expected, throughout the year our school will be involved in ongoing crisis response drills and training. We practice three important responses:
- Evacuation: Probably known to you and me as a fire drill, everyone is evacuated from the building to an on-site area or off-site area for direction. We practice these drills monthly and work each time to safely increase our speed of exit.
- Shelter-in-Place: Similar to a “soft” lockdown, everyone comes inside (including anyone in our car lines). We bring upstairs classrooms to downstairs classrooms to stay-put inside the building until danger has passed.
- Lockdown: Everyone locks into their areas; immediate hallway/bathroom areas are swept. No one goes in or out of our building until directed by law enforcement.
All three drills are rehearsed and various scenarios presented at times to help students and staff members become stronger problem solvers in response to a crisis. While we never do any procedure to purposely scare a child, practicing each response is critical to the overall success of facing a real emergency situation should the need arise. Should you have questions or concerns, never hesitate to contact our school office or me for specific assistance. As my friends reminded me today, “safety always comes first, Mrs. Van!”