Last week St Monica’s students participated in a Lockdown Drill. The purpose of a school lockdown drill is to protect the children and adults in the building from a potential emergency such as the presence of an intruder.
As with fire drills and other safety programs, the hope is to acclimate students and teachers to a procedure that they will be able to follow quickly, effectively, and safely.
Lockdown drills are different from evacuation drills. Evacuation drills are designed to prepare students, teachers, administrators, and other people in the school to leave the building quickly and in a pre-planned and organised fashion in the event of danger such as a fire, when conditions outside the building are safer than the conditions inside the building. In a lockdown drill, students are to stay in their classroom where they are to sit on the floor as quietly as possible.
St Monica’s, like most schools, follows similar procedures for lockdown drills:
Doors to all school buildings are closed and locked.
Students are moved to the safest part of the room, away from windows and doors, to the interior walls.
Everyone sits on the floor and remains calm and quiet.
Classroom lights are turned off
The students and staff at St Monica’s carried out the lockdown drill in a very calm and sensible manner.
Following our Lockdown Drill teachers gave feedback about what worked well and ways to improve our procedure for next time.
Next term, as in Term 1, we will practice an Evacuation Drill to our Area B location - Daking Street.
If you have any questions, please contact me via the Office.