Lockdown Drill Notice: Dec. 2, 2022

Lockdown Drill Notice: Dec. 2, 2022
Posted on 12/02/2022
This is the image for the news article titled Lockdown Drill Notice: Dec. 2, 2022Dear Salt River Elementary School Parents & Guardians,

The safety and welfare of students and staff are the highest priority at Salt River Schools. At SRES, we practice safety drills throughout the year to help prepare staff and students for real emergency situations.

This afternoon, SRES practiced a lockdown drill led by our Safe Schools & Security Team, in partnership with the Salt River Police Department. The school conducts four lockdown drills every school year, or as needed. Our drills are not pre-announced. This type of drill secures the school building and safely shelters all students, staff and visitors inside the building.

The purpose of this drill is to ensure that during a real emergency, students, staff and visitors are kept safe from any danger that may occur outside or inside the building. During a lockdown drill all perimeter doors to the school building are locked and remain locked until the danger or issue outside or inside the building is removed. To ensure everyone remains safe, no one will be allowed to enter the building or leave the building until school and law enforcement officials authorize such a release.

Our school has worked closely with local authorities and representatives from U.S. Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to correctly develop and implement safety procedures. The goal of practicing emergency drills throughout the school year is to improve our ability to protect students, save lives and reduce injuries. These practice drills allow us to evaluate our emergency operation plans and improve our response skills. Click here to learn more about the safety drills and procedures at Salt River Schools.

We are pleased with the outcome of today’s drills and feel reassured that our safety plans can be implemented effectively by our staff.

Please note: During a real emergency, parents and emergency contacts of students will be notified during and after the event by Salt River Schools administrators through our notification system, which includes phone calls, texts and email, among other platforms.

As such, it is important your contact information on file be current. If you need to update your contact information, please contact the school’s front office. It is important that parents and emergency contacts do not attempt to contact the school, teachers or students during an emergency as that could impact everyone’s safety.

Your student may tell you about today’s drill and it is important to talk with them about why it’s important and ask what they learned. Our goal, while practicing important safety procedures, is to be sure all students feel safe.

We also invite you to join Salt River Schools for the upcoming Soda With Security event tonight, Friday, Dec. 2, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the ALA Lecture Hall; a pizza dinner will be served while supplies last. Our security team will discuss important topics, and also be available to answer any questions families might have about the lockdown drill.

If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to call the Safe Schools & Security team at 480-362-2500.
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