I wanted to let families know that we will be practicing a lock-down drill tomorrow morning. We do these drills throughout the year to prepare students for an emergency if one were to happen.
There are two types of lockdowns: a full lockdown and a modified lockdown. A full lockdown would take place if we had an intruder in the building or if there was a disruption that we felt could escalate into a dangerous situation for students. When this happens we ask all teachers to close and lock their doors and hide in the corner of the room. We of course hope that this never happens but believe it is important to practice.
A Modified Lockdown takes place when there is an unsafe situation taking place in the community. In a modified drill we ensure that all students are inside, double check to make sure all exterior doors are locked and do not let anyone in or out. Business goes on as usual in the building.
If we ever do have a lockdown at Steele we will do our best to communicate the event through the website, Facebook and Stallion. Of course, when a lockdown takes place the children in the building are our first priority and communication will happen only when everything is completely secure. If we had an intruder in the building we would more than likely be to busy protecting children to send out a communication.
Tomorrow’s drill will be a full lockdown. It should not last for more than 15 minutes. Please feel free to talk to your child about this and prepare them as much or as little as you think they may need. It is a shame that we live in a world where we have to practice these drills. Schools should be the safest place in the world, it is important that we explain to students that we do this to make an already safe place even safer.