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State requires districts to hold 4 lockdown drills per school year

Schalmont Central School District, in conjunction with Rotterdam Police Department, conduct four state-mandated lockdown drills each school year.

Some lockdown drill dates and times are announced to the staff beforehand, and others are unannounced, meaning the staff does not know the exact date and time the drill will take place. This allows everyone to practice multiple ways a lockdown might be called in event of an actual emergency.

The events typically last approximately 10 minutes, during which time the complex goes into complete lockdown as it would if it were a true emergency.

Administrators walk the buildings with School Resource Officer Det. Patrick Farry and Rotterdam Police Officers to ensure that procedures arefollowed.

All school staff and students quickly returned to the regularly scheduled day once a drill is completed.

Formal lock down drills such as these 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 this exercise is 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 these drills or safety procedures, please contact the superintendent’s office at 355-9200, ext. 4001 or your child’s principal.