Crisis Management

State-Mandated Safety Drills 

The safety and well-being of our students remain a top priority for the District. Part of keeping our students safe involves holding safety drills throughout the school year so our students will be prepared in the event an emergency occurs.

Fire Evacuation Drills

  • Minimum of three (3) drills with one (1) requiring participation of local fire department

Bus Evacuation Drills

  • One (1) drill that includes instruction on safe bus riding practices

Severe Weather/Shelter-In-Place Drills

  • One (1) severe weather or shelter-in-place drill

Law Enforcement (ALICE/Active Shooter) Drills

Lockdowns

Several potential crisis scenarios could require that students and staff perform either a soft lockdown or a hard lockdown.

Soft Lockdown (May apply to community incident, medical emergency, escalated situation in building)

  • Gather students from the halls and/or have hall monitor escort to appropriate places
  • If soft lockdown is called during passing period, ensure students follow their schedule
  • Lock door to room
  • Do not let anyone but emergency responders in the building
  • Do not allow students to leave during class periods without an authorized escort
  • Passing periods will occur as usual
  • Close curtains/blinds
  • Ensure all students are accounted for
  • Continue to teach class, keeping students calm
  • If fire alarm sounds during lockdown, await instructions from administrator unless you can personally verify need to evacuate
  • Follow these procedures until lockdown has been lifted

Hard Lockdown (May apply to situations where an immediate danger or threat exists and where restricted movement of students is necessary)

  • Ensure students enter the closest classroom immediately
  • Lock door to room
  • Do not let anyone but emergency responders in the building
  • Do not allow students to leave classroom
  • Keep students in class until lockdown has been lifted (no passing periods)
  • Close curtains/blinds
  • Ensure all students are accounted for
  • Keep students contained and calm
  • If fire alarm sounds during lockdown, await instructions from administrator unless you can personally verify need to evacuate
  • Follow these procedures until lockdown has been lifted

Debriefing

  • Conduct after-action review to determine need for procedural changes 

District Crisis Team Meeting Agendas/Minutes

If you have additional questions related to crisis management, please contact Orlando Thomas, Executive Director of School Supports and Choice, at 217-351-3792
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