Safety & Security

Students in the library

Emergency Preparedness

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:

Arrival/Dismissal Security – How You Can Help:

Campus Security Overview

What parents can do to improve safety on our campus

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

The National Association of School Psychologists’ offers these tips on how to talk to your child about violence prevention in schools.

This Scholastic article offers additional tips from psychologists and teachers on how to talk to your child about safety drills in an age-appropriate way.

Emergency Procedures


Severe Weather Procedures

Lockout and Lockdown

Lockdown – We will lockdown if danger inside our building or neighborhood threatens students.

Lockout – We will lockout if danger is outside our building or neighborhood that threatens students.