While it’s important to make sure you have a plan in place for safety measures while at home, it’s equally important that your workplace or your children’s school has a safety plan in place. Please note that these are just our ideas on school safety drills and procedures and you should make sure to thoughtfully consider as well as speaking to a safety specialist before implementing any drills or policies.
A shelter-in-place procedure is used when it is safer to keep the students inside the building rather than expose them to possible harm by allowing them to leave the building. Tornado warnings, wildfires or hurricanes may all trigger a shelter in place at schools securing the students while keeping the buildings open for entry only.
Once a shelter in place is called the school should remain in that condition until the “All Clear” is given.
Lockdown is intended to limit access and hazards by controlling and managing staff and students in order to increase safety and reduce possible victimization. A lockdown may be called by school officials, law enforcement agencies or other emergency responders. It may be called for a variety of reasons including: weapons, intruders, police activity in or around the school, contamination or hazardous materials or terrorist events.
The building will have restricted access until the “All Clear” is given or individuals are directed by emergency personnel or staff.
During a lockdown, staff should ensure that:
There are two types of evacuations used by school districts. The first is the typical on-site evacuation, where students are removed from school to a safe location on campus. This is the site used for fire drills and other evacuation drills.
The second type is off-site evacuation, where staff and students must be transported to another location for their safety. In off-site evacuation, students are removed from the school to a remote safe location.
Students should only be released from designated Reunion sites where proper accounting and out-processing can be conducted by school staff while not under the direct pressure of the incident.
What procedures do your kid’s school use for safety measures?