RHS Lockdown Drill on Wednesday, February 12 at 9:00 a.m.
Wed, Feb 12 9:00am-9:10am
Redwood Heights Elementary
1 day before, 4 days before

Dear RHS Families,

I'm writing today with an update on our emergency preparedness plans and protocols. In an emergency, our number one priority is student and faculty/staff safety. To ensure every one is as prepared as possible, we practice different types of safety drills throughout the year (fire, earthquake, shelter in place, and lockdown). All drills are mandated by OUSD

In keeping with our ongoing efforts to maintain a safe school, we will be conducting a lockdown drill on Wednesday, February 12 at 9:00 a.m.

During this drill, students, faculty and staff will hide in a designated area in their classroom or on campus for approximately 10-20 minutes. In preparation, teachers will talk to students over the next few weeks about why we may need to hide, paying particular attention to developmentally appropriate ways to engage in this discussion. Please know this drill will take place in the context of a much larger emergency preparedness plan and protocol that students are becoming more and more comfortable as they practice.

These situations are incredibly difficult for us as educators and parents to think about because of the unlikely, but potential causes of a lockdown. However, it is so important that we are all prepared and ready to best protect our children in the event of this type of emergency.

If you like, you can also talk to your child about this drill.

  • Calmly explain that a lockdown is something that the school does to keep students safe when danger is present, such as when someone gains unauthorized access into the building

  • Assure your child that we hope a lockdown is never needed but that practicing the drill will help keep them safe.

  • Compare the drill to a school drill that they are already familiar with, such as a fire drill or a weather emergency drill.

  • Remind your child that by practicing the drill we are better prepared to stay safe.

If you have any questions about our emergency preparedness plan or the planned lockdown drill, please let me know. Thank you for your support and partnership.

Best,

Mrs. Bagby-Ellison