Schalmont High School and Middle School, in conjunction with the Rotterdam Police Department, has just conducted the first of four state-mandated lockdown drills for the 2016-2017 school year.
The event lasted approximately 10 minutes, during which time the complex went into complete lockdown as it would if it were a true emergency.
Administrators walked the buildings with School Resource Officer Det. Patrick Ferry and Rotterdam Police Officers to ensure that procedures were followed.
All school staff and students responded appropriately and quickly returned to the regularly scheduled day.
Formal lock down drills such as this allow us to practice what to do in a situation when there is an intruder in the building and/or when the danger is outside but in the immediate vicinity. Like all other safety drills, such as fire and bus safety drills, the purpose of today’s exercise was to practice the procedures used in the event that we have to put an emergency plan into action. Safety drills help us ensure that our students and staff know what to do, where to go, and how to respond if an emergency occurs. As always, our first priority is the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and visitors.
As always, if you have any questions about this event or safety procedures, please contact the superintendent’s office at 355-9200, ext. 4001 or your child’s principal.