Over the next few weeks, our community will conduct safety drills. Safety is always a priority in every area of the school, and just as we practice fire drills with all students, we also conduct safety drills. This training is presented to students in developmentally appropriate ways based on their age, and the drills simulate various types of emergencies that require different responses (e.g., locking down in place vs. evacuating and gathering in a safe location). The goal of these drills is to help students think through and practice responses to dangerous situations.
On Thursday, October 26, students will practice locking down in place. On Thursday, November 2, students will participate in an evacuation drill. On Thursday, November 9, they will practice a drill that combines both strategies.
Drills will be customized to each division to ensure they are age-appropriate. In the Primary School, under the direction of Teri Lawrence, teachers and their students will practice leaving the building through various exits as well as following lockdown procedures. Our main objective with our youngest students is to make sure they can follow directions under a variety of circumstances. In the Lower School, Lainie Schuster and the teachers will prepare the students for the drills at Morning Meeting, and students will have a chance to reflect and debrief during Wellness and homeroom/homevisory classes. In the Upper School, Sarah Remsberg will introduce the drills to students at Morning Meeting, and she will discuss what students will practice and why.
Practicing these drills reflects our ongoing commitment to a safe and secure community. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your division head.