October 4, 2018
The safety and security of our students and staff is of the utmost importance. For this reason, our school district conducts various drills to familiarize students and staff with procedures to follow in the event of an emergency. Severe weather, lockdown, evacuation and fire drills are conducted on a regular basis.
On September 27, 2018, we conducted a lockdown drill. The purpose of this exercise was to prepare students and staff in the event that we needed to keep students safe within the building and assess a potential danger. For this drill, an announcement was made over the public address system to inform everyone in the building of the drill. The staff then ensured that common areas were cleared, and teachers secured their classrooms. During the drill, classroom instruction and daily activities continued until an announcement informed those within the school that the drill had concluded. The drill lasted approximately five minutes.
Many of the drills we conduct are held to develop decision-making skills to be used in the event of an actual emergency. Students are reminded to utilize three strategies if a serious event does occur:
- Escape – You have the right to flee to a safe place.
- Enhance – You have the right to create a safe place when you can’t leave.
- Engage – You have the right to engage an intruder to escape from the situation or defend yourself to establish a safe place.
We appreciate the support of the community, the professionalism of our staff and the conduct of our students in all of our school safety endeavors. Please feel free to contact me at (717) 872-9503 if you have any questions regarding our school safety drills.
Eric Howe, Principal
Link to official letter: Safe-Schools-Letter-after-9_27_18-Drill