School Drills and Campus Safety

Dear Penguin Families,

Over the course of the school year, our school holds safety drills to help ensure that students and staff know what to do in the event of an emergency. These drills include, but are not limited to, fire, tornado, earthquake, and intruder/lockdown.  Sometimes these drills will be planned and other times we will hold spontaneous drills to assess everyone’s ability to respond quickly to emergencies. 

On Friday, September 29th, we will hold an announced lockdown drill.  Prior to the drill, staff will talk with students about the purpose of the drill and what will happen during the drill to prepare students for this very important safety exercise. There will be a practice lockdown drill later this week (September 14th).  During the drill on the 29th, our emergency response partners from the James City County police will join us as we simulate how we would respond to an emergency situation requiring a lockdown. Together, along with division personnel, we will examine our procedures and responses during the drill.

Also, during the month of September, we practice fire drills weekly; this then moves to once a month to be in compliance with state protocols for schools.

Please note that if you arrive at our school during a drill, you will be asked to remain outside until the drill concludes. We appreciate your cooperation and apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

We encourage families to discuss the importance of safety at school and in the community with their children.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Swann or Mrs. Nelson at 757-229-7597.

Respectfully,

Karen Swann, Principal

Deanna Nelson, Assistant Principal