CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – In light of the tragedy last December in Newtown, Conn., the Chappaqua Central School District—along with most school districts in the nation—has taken a closer look at its own safety procedures. On Friday, changes to such procedures will be practiced by Horace Greeley High School’s staff and students.
Not only has the district met with a safety consultant to evaluate their process and offer recommendations, the high school committee responsible for that process—the Emergency Response Team (ERT) has been meeting more frequently to make adjustments.
Now, those adjustments will be put into action.
Horace Greeley Principal Robert Rhodes sent out an email to parents and students Thursday, to let them know the district’s ERT team will be conducting a lockdown drill on Friday. As with the school’s fire drills, parents will be notified via Infinite Campus Messenger a minute before the lockdown takes place.
The following instructions will be followed according to newly updated lockdown procedure:
- As soon as student hear “lockdown,” they have 30 seconds to go to the nearest room. See below if a student is not in a class (students may hear teachers at doorways counting down)
- Listen to teacher for instructions
- Turn off cell phones or any electronic devices.
- Stay out of sight and move your bags out of sight as well
- Remain quiet
- Never open door for anyone at anytime. Someone will open it from the outside
Once door is opened do not leave the classroom until instructed
If students are not in a classroom:
- In the Cafeteria → go to the Library
- In the hallway → go to nearest classroom
- Unable to get into a classroom → go into a bathroom and stand on toilet
- On the field → run into woods or follow path to maintenance shed
- In the senior lot → go to the Ed. Center
- If students are outside and see a police vehicle with lights on in front of school, do not enter the building, retreat to the Ed. Center
In addition to updating its lockdown procedures, the district has recently changed its working relationship with the New Castle Police Department.
Now, uniformed members of the police department enter school building on a daily basis. Before, they were present on school grounds, but rarely went inside.