School Security Drill

October 17, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,

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 October 17, 2019, we conducted an evacuation drill to Manor Middle School. The purpose of this exercise was to prepare students and staff in the event that we need to leave the building and go to a secure location. For this drill, an announcement was made over the public address system to inform everyone in the building of the drill. Staff and students then evacuated the building and met in the Manor Middle School Gymnasium. The drill lasted approximately 15 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