Drills are one of the ways we help prepare your child for actual emergency situations and help us maintain our schools as a safe place to learn and work. We recommend you sit down with your children and take some time to go over the information and terminology included here.
We practice three main emergency drills each year:
Fire drills – Conducted once a month each month of the school year
Lockdown drills – Conducted once each semester of the school year
Shelter-in-place drills – Conducted once each semester of the school year
Campus Security Overview
Our campus doors are locked at all times.
Drop-off and pick-up policy for ECE and Discovery Link families through one secure main entrance.
How to talk to your children about school safety drills and emergency preparedness
According to psychologists, addressing the reasons for lockdowns directly but in a developmentally-appropriate way can actually make students feel safer. We compiled some general recommendations from psychologists to help guide conversations with your child.
There is a plan
Assure your child there is a plan for different types of emergencies and go over the plan with them.
An emergency is unlikely
Emphasize the unlikelihood of a bad event, as your child may not understand its low probability.
Focus on the how
While it is important to explain the “why” of a drill, it is best to focus more heavily on the “how.” Stress the steps in the drills even more than the reasons for them. Focusing the conversation on the procedural elements can help prevent worries about why a bad thing might happen.
Additional resources for how to talk to your kids about school safety drills