During emergencies, our paramount duty is to keep the students safe. One way of keeping students safe is to practice drills throughout the year. This helps alleviate some of the anxiety around safety drills and helps prepares students and staff.
View Ridge Elementary conducts the following 5 drills throughout the school year:
1.Shelter-in-place– Shelter-in-Place is the process of keeping students and staff safe from dangers within the community. Schools would Shelter-in-Place in events such as a hazardous material incident, radiation incident, snowstorm, vague threats, or violence in the community that is not directed at the school. Academics are ongoing.
2.Lockdown– A Lockdown is the process of protecting students and staff from external and internal dangers. A lockdown is used when there is an immediate threat of violence in, or immediately around, the school.
3.Earthquake– The strength or impact of an earthquake cannot be determined from the initial shaking. An earthquake may suddenly become intense so always drop, cover and hold on immediately. When shaking stops and depending on the strength and length of the earthquake, school administration will determine if evacuation is advisable.
4.Fire- School fires and/or explosions can result from such causes as arson, electoral wiring defects and the improper storage or handling of combustible materials. Regardless of the cause or size, every fire (including extinguished fires) must be reported to the Seattle Fire Department, using the 911 emergency number.
5.Reverse Evacuation – A Reverse Evacuation is defined as the process for moving students/staff indoors quickly. Some reasons for Reverse Evacuation include: gunshots, community violence, notification that an armed individual may be in the area, or adverse weather conditions.
Each drill we conduct is documented with the date, time, and type of drill. We keep documentation of each drill on the bulletin board in the office.
Once again, our paramount duty is to keep your children safe. Let us know if you ever have any safety concerns.