On Wednesday, February 26, students and staff will participate in a lockdown drill with District Security and the Parker Police. This is routine practice. We will inform students that if they are not in their classroom when a lockdown is announced they need to run to the closest room. We explain that if they were in the bathroom they should remain in a locked stall with their feet up. We also inform students that if they are outside they should run away from the school and find a safe spot until a person finds them.
When we signal the drill we use a system that immediately informs both the Parker Police Department and the District Security Team. This system also announces our lockdown outside the building. If you hear the announcement on Wednesday morning please know that this is a scheduled practice.
The National Association of School Psychologists provides several tips for talking with children about lockdown drills. Please see their top reminders below.
1. Assure Children They Are Safe
2. Make Time to Talk
3. Make Explanations Developmentally Appropriate
4. Review Safety Procedures
5. Observe Children's Emotional State
6. Limit Television Viewing
7. Maintain a Normal Routine