The purpose of a lockdown drill is to test the planning process and the procedures developed in the event of an internal or external threat to the school. This may include individuals behaving in a hostile/potentially hostile manner.
Don’t Contact Your Child
Whether by call or text and despite your instinct, it’s best NOT to try to get in touch with your child during school lockdowns. Exchanging information with them, especially information that is incomplete or wrong, could make matters worse or cause unnecessary worry.
Don’t Go to the School or Call
If a school is on lockdown, there is a reason. It may involve an unsafe environment in or surrounding the school. For your safety, the safety of your child, and the well-being of all involved, it’s best to steer clear until you get word from the school. School staff will most likely be unable to answer phones and the lines must remain clear to contact emergency personnel.
This is probably the most important thing to remember. Of course, when we hear about a school going into lockdown we assume the worst, another school shooting. But, there are many reasons that a school could go on lockdown and many of those may not directly involve the school. Remain calm for both yourself and your child.
Do Prepare Your Child
It’s not fun to imagine scary scenarios, and we certainly don’t want to scare our kids more than the world already can, but it is still important to prepare them for a lockdown situation. Explain how they will be expected to behave, warn them they may not be able to talk to you right away, and stress that they should listen to their teachers and those in uniforms who are there to help.
Do Have Your ID With You
When picking your child up, once the all clear has been given, make sure you have the proper ID. Even if you are well-known to the staff, there may be other officials involved in the situation and you should be prepared to prove your child belongs to you.
Do Sign Your Child in at the Front Office if You Arrive After School Starts
School starts at 7:55 am. It is our school policy that any student arriving after this time must be escorted into the front office and signed in by a parent/legal guardian. Please be aware that a lockdown can happen at any time. In the event of a lockdown, all doors will remain locked and students arriving late will not be allowed inside.