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Practice Makes Perfect When it Comes to Safety

School safety is on the forefront of many peoples minds. One question being asked- What are school staff to do in the event of a dangerous situation on campus.
Alarm and Lockdown Sounds
What you hear is the sound of a school going into lockdown as the alarm sounds and classrooms are secured.

Grass Valley Charter School practiced the lockdown procedure today (Thursday) just like they regularly practice fire drills.
When the lockdown alarm sounds- staff and students follow the plan to be sure everyone moves to safe place as quickly as possible. Grass Valley Police Officer, Jim Amaral, explains.
Click here to listen to Officer Jim Amaral

If students are outside they follow a supervisors direction which may mean they will go inside or possibly leave the campus.

Click here to listen to Officer Jim Amaral

Once the school is locked down- teachers and students are to remain silent until notified that the school is clear. Teachers are not to open the door for any reason. Today the all clear was sounded over the PA system, but an actual lockdown is usually released by law enforcement going to each classroom and using a key to enter.

Officer Amaral emphasized to school administrators that it is imortant to vary the intensity of the drills in order to improve response under any condition.
Click here to listen to Officer Jim Amaral

Each time the drill is practiced, school offcials and law enforcement learn more about facilities and how to improve safety response times. Parents will be notified of the situation and the reason for lockdown via the all-call phone system.

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