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Old 10-16-2007, 05:15 PM
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Does your school have a plan if there is a safety issue at your school?

Last week there was a school shooting in one school, another school discovered a student with a small arsenol in his bedroom and the high school my dd attends had a bomb threat. Does your school have a plan of action in place if the saftey of it's students is threatened?
The janitors at dd's high school discovered a threating note in the bathrooms while cleaning up after school. The authorities were contacted immediately and the school was searched. The next morning before school the local radio station was carrying the story and school officials had given instructions for students coming to school that day. Everyone had enter in one door --all other doors were locked from entering from outside. The police and the bomb sniffing dog were present as each students things were searched before entering the building. Other precautions have been in place for the past several days. Our school has taken this threat very seriously even though it was probably a prank (very poor judgement). I feel as a parent the school has done a good job of being on top of the situation and am glad they are following through with the emergency plan. I also think it was a good wake up call for students that bad things can happen even in small rural areas and that their school is prepared to keep them safe.
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Old 10-17-2007, 03:14 AM
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Great question!

My children all attend schools that have locked doors at all times. You must be "buzzed in" by the secretary to get in. In Big DS's high school, the student ID will unlock the doors also. No one is permitted to be in school without ID. Teachers have them too.

Both schools have "alert the parents" phone plans for safety threats or other emergencies.

I have been through a bomb threat in a school where I was teaching; we had all the kids out, like for a fire drill, and they were walked a few blocks away from the school. Then buses from the high school came and got them (these were middle school kids). They were all warehoused in the high school gym until their parents picked them up. Meanwhile, the middle school was being searched with the police, the dogs, all of that. The worst was being corralled in the high school gym for HOURS with these kids but we knew they were safe that way.
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Old 10-19-2007, 12:59 PM
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Yes they have a different than usual school bell ring and the classes and kids go into lock down mode. Th special bell rings, and the kids know to sit under their desks and lock the doors and windows until the bell rings again to give the all clear. They have a practice of this 4 times per year along with fire drills which they file out to the school sports oval. They also have talks about it in class and on whole school parade.

We heard about the lastest guns in the bedroom, I'm so surprised at mum!
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Old 10-19-2007, 02:51 PM
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On Wed, one of the local high schools had to deal with a bomb threat and yesterday it was our local vocational school. I was a little upset when I heard abotu the one at the vaocational school because it is only about 100 yards from where Miriam and MAdalyn go to school. Both were phoned in via cell phone somehow.
At both of these schools the kids were sent outdoors for several hours, most missing lunch.
When dd1 had a bomb threat atwhen in high school she somehow ot to a phone and called me, she was very scared even though the all-clear was made. I phoned the school, told them that her aunt was having emergency lung surgery and I was onmy way to get her to have her in the office by the time I got there. I had no trouble getting her released from school. I really didn't lie, her aunt did have lung surgery the day before.
I think when they have these things, if its going to take hours to get cleared, they should be sent home.
I also think that there should be stiffer penalties for those who make those calls.
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:07 PM
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What a sad thread.. When I was a kid I remember being terrified by the "duck and cover" drills...

But as sad as it is it's a necessary truth for our kids to be protected while at school.

I don't think our schools are secure enough. Anyone can walk in past unarmed security.. There is a lock-down code, an evacustion code and a high winds code that would be transmitted over the loudspeakers.

There is an automated phone tree to notify parents, and an emergency e-mail notification system.. But someone in the main office has to put out the alarm.

It's something I have spoken about at school board meetings. Thank G-d nothing has ever happened ( aside from the occasional bomb threats called in by students) but the though iof it still makes me sick..
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Old 10-20-2007, 05:49 AM
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our school district has different codes for the different types of emergency responses (lock in, lock down, lock out methods) and recently they tested the phone tree call list. goes to email too.

the university has a cell phone call tree also, everyone notified within minutes
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Miriam's school had to do the "duck and cover" last Dec 1st when the tornado went through.
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Old 10-22-2007, 07:11 AM
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Lifestar you are right it is a sad thing that we should have to think about these things when we send our children to school.
I had to go to our high school on Friday for a class I am taking over the ICN and I had a chance to visit with one of the secretaries there. She said everything went very well during the the time the school was under restrictions. She said most of the students realized that the things they had to endure for a few days were for their protection and didn't complain. She also thought it was a good wake up call that bad stuff can happen even in their small, rural school district. I had a similar discussion with my Dd and she agreed she would rather have the school do their best to keep everyone safe than have all of their privilages.
Barb, I am sure you are right that they will find the person who did make the threat and I am sure the proper measures will be taken.
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The middle school (4-6) that dd2 attends had a lock down a month ago or so there was a gun man in a neighboring garage threatening to shoot his girlfriend. The school went on a lock down because for a time the police couldn't locate the guy and they were afraid that he might come to the school as it was lunch time/recess. After the fact came out that the garage was 3 blocks away so the kids weren't in immediate harm.

The school system is having "practice" lock downs so the teachers can practice where their class is going to "hide" and what they can and can not do to protect themselves and the kids. Keeping Hairspray, bug spray, etc. in their desk to spray at an attacker to help the kids get away.

One classroom has access to a partial roof that is protected so that teacher will take the kids up on the roof after blocking the door if deemed necessary.

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