Green Island School District’s School Safety Drills 2020-2021
Dear Green Island Families,
The Green Island School District will conduct fire (evacuation) drills and lockdown drills as required by education law and regulation and the fire code without exceptions. We must continue to conduct mandatory fire and lockdown drills according to the existing statutory schedule. Drills will be conducted in a manner that maintains social distancing at exits and gathering points outside the building, while still preparing students to respond in emergencies. Once an evacuation and/or lockdown takes place, parents will be notified through SNN. If you are not signed up for SNN, please sign up through our website.
Examples of required plans and drills include:
- Fire Code Section 404 requires that schools maintain Fire Safety, Evacuation, and Lockdown Plans.
- Education Law § 807 requires that schools conduct eight (8) evacuation and four (4) lockdown drills each school year.
- Conducting drills is an important part of keeping students and staff safe in an emergency; however, steps shall be taken to minimize the risk of spreading infection while conducting drills. Procedures shall be implemented to modify school safety drills to ensure social distancing between persons.
- Drills will be conducted in a manner that maintains social distancing at exits and gathering points outside the building, while still preparing students and staff to respond during emergencies.
- Regardless of the modification used when conducting a drill, students should be instructed that if it was an actual emergency that required evacuation or lockdown, the most imminent concern is to get to safety; maintaining social distancing in an actual emergency that requires evacuation or lockdown may not be possible and should not be the first priority.
The school district modifications to evacuation drill protocols may include, but are not limited to:
- Conducting drills on a “staggered” schedule, where classrooms evacuate separately rather than all at once, and appropriate distance is kept between students to the evacuation site. Staggering by the classrooms, minimizes contact of students in hallways, stairwells, and at the evacuation site.
- When that is done, the school population on that given day will all be required to participate.
- If conducting drills using a modified procedure, it is required that the drill be conducted with all students in the school building on that school day, it may be necessary to do so during a class period that is extended for this purpose.
- If schools reopen with a “hybrid” in-person model, such as one where students attend following alternate school weeks structure to reduce the occupancy of the school building, schools must be certain that all students are receiving instruction in emergency procedures, and participating in drills while they are in attendance, in-person.
Modifications to lockdown drills may include, but are not limited to:
- Conduct lockdown drills in classroom settings while maintaining social distancing/using masks.
- Lockdown drills, in spaces where getting out of sight of the door window may compromise social distancing, can be more instructional in nature.
- Conducting lockdown drills on a “staggered” schedule with smaller numbers of students present to maintain social distancing, however schools must be certain that all students are receiving instruction in emergency procedures and participating in drills while they are in attendance in-person.
- Conduct lockdown drills in classrooms without “hiding”/ “sheltering” but provide an overview of how to shelter or hide in the classroom.
Safe School Coordinators