I am writing to inform you that we practiced a lockdown drill today at Langley. Our teachers and students did an amazing job and we were able to activate our procedure efficiently and then move on with a day of learning! This is one part of our emergency response preparedness, each month we practice fire drills and we also practice earthquakes, severe weather, and lockdown drills a several times a year. Lockdown procedures are used to protect building occupants from potential dangers in the building or outside. Here are the basics of what occurs during a lockdown drill: Teachers close and secure windows and doors, pull down the blinds, and turn off the lights. Students sit on the floor away from any windows and doors. Students and staff stay quiet and await further instruction. Students in main office, health suite, cafeteria, and or multipurpose rooms remain at these locations under the direction of the staff present. Our emergency response team check the classrooms and then students return to their daily schedule after about 5-10 minutes. We know that lockdowns are a sensitive issue given current events. It is important to practice however, we are careful at Langley to make sure our practice drills exhibit sensitivity and are as least-intrusive as possible to our children. Most importantly, we have invested in trauma-informed training and social emotional learning this year, our staff is always on the lookout to provide support to students; we have a great team here to help!
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me directly.