I am writing to inform you that we will be holding our first soft-lockdown drill during the week of October 13th-16th.
Every school has procedures for emergencies. Our school staff members are trained in various procedures and we currently conduct a variety of drills throughout the year to prepare our staff and students. Our school also has a Building response Team that is trained to activate and respond to different incidents that may occur at our school.
Emergency readiness training in schools takes place in September and continues fro staff and students throughout the school year. Student training is designed to ensure that students understand the importance of these drills without causing unnecessary alarm.
A soft lockdown implies that there is no identified imminent danger. Teachers will check the hallway outside of their classrooms, close classroom doors, and turn the lights off. They, and students, will move away from sight, maintain silence and wait to hear the “all clear” message.
All families are reminded to update the Emergency Contact Cards that are on file in our main office. You’re also encouraged to register with Notify NYC (https://a858-nycnotify.nyc.gov/notifynyc/) to receive information about emergency events, and call 311 for additional information about a school during an emergency. Many other important resources for families are also available by visiting http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/OSYD/default.htm
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Tatiana Hoover.