Letter to Parents Regarding Safety Drills
Dear Sunrise Families,
We wanted to share the five safety drills your students will participate in as part of our comprehensive safety plan. The goal of practicing the drills is to help our students feel safe at school and to know what to do should an emergency arise. We are sharing this information with you so you may discuss the drills with your students. Below is a brief description of the drills that will be practiced:
Evacuation: How to exit the school in a quick and orderly manner. This is most typically used for a fire drill. Each class follows an exit route and are accounted for while waiting quietly with teachers outside the building. We practice fire drills one time per month. No one can enter the school during an evacuation.
Secured Perimeter: How students are kept safe inside the school when there is a potential threat outside of our school. We make sure all students are inside the building behind secured perimeter doors. Business as usual continues within the school and parents are able to enter the school through the main doors showing proper identification.
Lockdown: How students are kept safe when there is a potential threat within the school. Students practice staying quiet and unseen within classrooms, closest classrooms and restrooms (if they are not in their classroom). Nobody may leave their classroom during a lockdown and entry into the school is not permitted.
Evacuating the Playground: How to get inside the school quickly and orderly in the event that there is a potential threat outside of the school during recess. Students will learn the signal to stop what they are doing, enter the school through the closest door and proceed to the closest safe area within the school. Parents are able to enter the school through the main doors showing proper identification.
Tornado Drill: How to move students to a safe place in our school and how to utilize the “duck and cover” position. Students will move to designated safe areas within the building. No one can enter the school during a Tornado Warning because the office staff will be in their designated safe areas.
We strongly encourage you to talk to your students about what to do both at school and at home in the event of a crisis.
If you have any questions about any of our safety procedures, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 720-886-2900.
Your Sunrise Elementary Administration