Fire, Inclement Weather, Lockdown, and Other Disaster Prevention Drills for the 2018-2019 School Year

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Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:54 am

Oh yeah then. That makes a lot more sense.
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Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:21 pm

I don't normally post on this topic for things other than fire drills, but of note is that my school has been in containment for two weeks now (a new record! yay! :| ) with no end in sight following two especially gruesome fights the week before Christmas that resulted in hospitalization and arrests. Security has been on edge because of the threat of retaliation, and the administration decided that the best course of action was to just limit student's ability to leave class. It's pretty sucky because even though I did nothing I'm not allowed to leave class for any reason, even to use the restroom. Last I heard this could last a month or more, until the admins figure out what's going on. Unsurprisingly this hasn't been very popular with teachers or students, and really just makes the school day that much more stressful. For the record, if you're caught out of class unaccompanied during a containment you get suspended.

(But don't worry, should you need to use the bathroom or go anywhere during class, be prepared to wait 30 minutes or more for the next available security guard to escort you and babysit you while you do your business)
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Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:58 pm

Jesus your school is rough...
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Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:18 pm

I have to say that I have never had to deal with anything at all like that.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:55 pm

I'm curious, how does your administration decide when to do drills? I know my school loves to do them at the last minute and sometimes at very insensible times...
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Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:33 am

DownsLife+Safety wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:55 pm
I'm curious, how does your administration decide when to do drills? I know my school loves to do them at the last minute and sometimes at very insensible times...
I think district policy where I live is that the principal meets with the head of security and someone from the fire department in August to set certain dates for drills. Usually the dates aren't fully decided, so it's more setting a week when the drills should take place. Usually it's the same four weeks every year, the first and second week of school, a week in late October, and a week in mid-March. Sometime around the week of a drill, the principal looks at his schedule and decides what exact date and time would work best for him, the other admins, the fire department, etc., and then sends out a mass email to teachers that says something like "Fire Drill Thursday- 2:05 PM". For all fire drills, there's always a make-up date (usually the following day) scheduled should the drill be cancelled for any reason.
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