I hope that each of you had a wonderful Holiday Season and were able to spend some time together with those that you love. As we begin our second semester, I wanted to touch base on our Lock-Out and Lock-Down Protocol that we take here at Harrison.
When we receive word or go into in a Lock-Out situation, our primary responsibility is to make sure that our students and staff are safe and inside of our building. The regular transitioning that occurs throughout our day will continue during a Lock-Out situation. The major difference will be that we will not be letting anyone in or out of our building during this time. Please know that during this time we are accounting for all students and staff in the building and information that we receive can be very limited. After a Lock-Out situation is over, we will use our school messenger system, school website, and/or will be sending information home regarding why the Lock-Out took place. Most questions regarding these situations will be forwarded to Central Office who will be able to answer questions for parents.
In a Lock-Down situation, students and staff will be in rooms with the doors shut and locked and with the lights off. This would be a situation in which there was an immediate threat inside of our school building. Again, as mentioned before, our primary reasonability is to make sure that all students and staff are in a secure location. Once the Lock-Down situation has ended, we will use our school messaging system, school website, and/or will be sending information home regarding the Lock-Down situation.
During these times, please know that the safety and well-being of your son or daughter is our top priority and that we will do everything in our power to keep them safe. With that being said, please also know that immediate communication home regarding one of these types of situations will be very difficult. It will be important that when we communicate with parents that the facts and information are accurate. This will reduce misinformation that is sent out. Our top priority in these situations is to make sure our students and staff are safe. As a school, we do both types of drills so students and staff know what to do in case we ever find ourselves in a lock-Out or Lock-Down situation. If you have any questions about this, please let me know.
I look forward to this new semester and again appreciate your continued support and wish you all a very Happy New Year.