Safety Drills Information for Parents
KANE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
Information Sheet for Parents
Q: Why does the Kane Area School District perform safety drills in our schools?
A: The district is bound by law as well as school policy to prepare students, faculty, and staff for emergency situations. The goal is to be proactive and to provide the skills needed to keep our students safe and secure in our schools. Schools are one of the safest places in our community, in part, because of the efforts made to educate and prepare for any emergency.
Q: What kinds of drills are held in the schools?
A: Drills for fire, severe weather, and lockdown situations are practiced in all schools.
Q: How often do the schools practice the drills?
A: In the past fire drills were held monthly, severe weather drills were conducted annually. Moving forward lockdown drills will be perofrmed annually and other drills as the safety committee recommends.
Q: When are students given prior notification that a drill is taking place?
A: Students are aware that a drill will be practiced, particularly at the elementary level, as teachers work to guide students through the process. Also, a drill is generally announced should a new procedure or modification to the current system be put in place.
Q: How do teachers prepare students for safety drills?
A: Teachers have discussions with the students about the drills and the fact that the drills are done to keep them safe should an emergency arise. The students have the opportunity to walk through the drills and ask questions. Teachers use age appropriate vocabulary when talking to students about the drills in order to help students feel empowered but not fearful.
Q: When is prior notification of a drill not given to students?
A: After some initial practice early in the year, drills are held without prior notification in order to help students take the drills seriously and put the safety steps they have learned into practice. This also allows the administration to assess the effectiveness of the drills, and make any needed modifications to the current system. The district will implement more drill practices for the 2017-18 school year.
Q: What topics do the school district cover in their Emergency Procedures Plan: We cover the following topics:
1. Chain of Command"
2. Alergic Reaction
3. Bomb Threat Procedures/Report
4. Dealing with the Media
5. Death of student/employee
6. Hazardous Weather
7. Evacuation Procedures
8. Fire Drill Procedures
10. Hazardous Material Accident
11. Hostage Situation
14. Lost/Missing Child
15. Large Group Disturbance/Altercation
16. Rape/Suspected Rape
18. Shooting Incident
19. Threatened Suicide
20. Utility Outages
22. Weapon Found
23. Weapon Suspected on Student
We have also established district-wide safety committees that are charged with assessing the safety of our buildings and grounds. The district is committed to safety, and will continue to work diligently to provide a great education in a safe and secure environment.
We want kids to be prepared for the worst, to automatically and calmly know what to do — and that’s why school lockdown drills, which are required in many states, are becoming more common. Lockdowns in crisis situations “are reliable and proven methods for keeping students and staff safe,” says Kenneth Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services, so practicing for them is an important component of school safety.