November 21, 2016
Good Morning Alcott Families,
I am pleased to report that Alcott has successfully completed the Annual Lockdown Drill this morning. School Resource Officer Scott Camilleri facilitated the drill. Thanks to the preparations of our staff and the cooperation of students, the drill went quickly and smoothly. When the drill was completed, I made an announcement over the PA system so that classroom instruction could resume.
Lockdown drills are unannounced and can occur any number of times throughout the year. These drills involve the staff locking their classroom doors, turning off the lights, and moving to a location in the room that is out of sight. We inform the students in a manner that is developmentally appropriate for each grade level.
The Lockdown drill is one of several emergency preparedness drills we conduct throughout the school year. These include Bus Evacuations, a Whole School Evacuation, and Fire Drills.
Bus Evacuation drills involve the students practicing how to exit the bus in the event of an emergency in the most efficient and safe way possible. Members of the Concord Public Schools Transportation Department and Concord Police Department are on hand to conduct these drills. Bus Evacuations take place 1-2 times a year.
Whole School Evacuation drills may be announced or unannounced, can occur any number of times throughout the year, and involve relocating the entire staff and student body from Alcott to an alternate site. In the event of an evacuation drill, the Concord Police Department closes the streets along our evacuation route and we practice our relocating protocol. We have not had a Whole School Evacuation drill yet this school year.
Alcott has had four Fire Drills so far this year. We usually have between 8 and 10 per year. This year, students have improved our total evacuation time from 2 minutes 20 seconds to 1 minute 40 seconds!
Another part of our safety plan you may have heard about is what we refer to as Shelter in Place. We utilize shelter in place mode (restricting students to a particular area of the building) when a medical or environmental issue arises and we need a clear path for responders and/or to protect the confidentiality of the individual having a medical issue. Instruction continues during a shelter in place.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about our emergency procedures. While it is rare we ever have to utilize these protocols, we want to be sure we are “prepared and not scared”.