The safety of all children in our school is very important to us. In order to maintain a safe environment for our children to study and learn, it is necessary that we continually practice our emergency and crisis response plans by having drills designed to exercise our procedures. We will conduct various drills that is continuing through-out the school year. This letter is to help you understand the importance of these drills as well as to understand each type of drill.
This is a Fire Code requirement as well as a requirement by Northbridge Public Schools. We want each student to understand and be aware of the importance of this drill and not be afraid when the fire alarm is sounded. By practicing they will know what to do and how to do it.
Lockdown Drills / Shelter in Place
The purpose of this drill is to keep the students safe from any danger outside or inside the building. During a “lockdown drill” all of the perimeter doors to the school building will be locked and will remain locked until the danger or issue outside or inside the building is removed. To enable everyone to remain safe, no one will be allowed to enter the building or leave the building until a release has been authorized.
If unsafe conditions present themselves within the school building, an evacuation off school property may be warranted. Time will be provide to practice first as individual classrooms, then as a corridor of classrooms, and finally as a whole school. Student and staff attendance is required at the time of the drill to ensure accountability for all.
All visitors MUST state their name and business before being allowed to enter the building. Upon entering, visitors must report to the main office, sign-in and wear a visitors badge. Only visitors who have an up-to-date CORI are permitted in the building.
If you have any questions regarding any of these safety procedures, please let us know.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Mrs. Healy and the NES Staff