Emergency Drill

Throughout the course of the school year we practice a variety of drills including fire drills and security drills (lock downs, shelter in place, active shooter and off-site evacuation). With this in mind, we want to share with you our procedures and protocols in the event of a real emergency.

Shelter in place – Staff and students are free to roam about the building but no one may enter or leave the building. This may occur if there is a bomb threat in a neighboring school, bear sighting etc. We await instructions from emergency responders to end the shelter in place.

Lock Down – Students and staff lock down wherever they may be (classroom, specials, therapy). Doors are locked, shades are drawn, staff and students move away from doors and windows and remain as quiet as possible. A lockdown is implemented when a criminal element is believed to be on the premises. We await instruction from emergency responders to end the lockdown.

Active Shooter – Students and staff go into Lockdown. If deemed safer, staff can escort students out of the building through the nearest safe exit. We await instructions from emergency responders to end the lockdown.

Evacuation (includes a bomb threat) – Staff and students quickly exit the building and go to our designated evacuation site (in Oakland it is Reed Academy on Potash Rd and in Fairlawn it is Warren Point School in Fair Lawn). We await further instructions from emergency responders to end the evacuation.

Parents will be notified via email/phone blast of the emergency situation and any action that needs to be taken as soon as possible and appropriate.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the above procedures. Hopefully we will never have to use any of them!