New FHSD Safety Measures Include Unannounced Intruder Drills

Posted on 10/05/2016

Student safety is always a top priority of the Francis Howell School District (FHSD). The District annually conducts a variety of safety drills including fire, tornado, earthquake and intruder drills. Participation in these safety drills is where most students get directly involved in their own safety. New this year, FHSD will conduct one unannounced intruder drill at each of our schools.

“We know that the best safety practices are always changing and evolving, and our preparations need to evolve as well,” said Jeremy Boettler, FHSD Director of Facilities and Operations. “The unannounced intruder drills were recommended by law enforcement and our safety committee, and we’re confident that this will help our schools be better prepared in case of an emergency.”

The element of surprise is intended to make the drill as realistic as possible, and even school administrators won’t know in advance when the drill will occur. Law enforcement personnel including School Resource Officers (SRO) will arrive on the scene, and the following announcement will be made over the building intercom: “Attention! This is an active shooter drill, take immediate action! Lock down, lock down, lock down!” No “all clear” is announced over the intercom during the drill. The building is cleared room by room by law enforcement officers.

The new unannounced intruder drills are one of the proactive measures FHSD takes to ensure the safety of everyone in our schools. By practicing these procedures, students and staff will know how to react and respond in each unique emergency situation.

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