Emergency and Safety Procedures (Colorow)

Colorow Safety Drill Procedures

FiremanOne type of drill we practice is a fire drill. For this drill, the alarm is pulled manually and all persons inside the building evacuate in a quiet and orderly manner. We evacuate to the soccer field where all classes line up and teachers call roll. The emergency team (BERT) has radios and each member has a specific role to fulfill as we account for all children and adults including visitors to our building during a short time frame. The district dispatch is contacted by the Incident Commander (typically the Principal) and they monitor our drills for effectiveness. At times, the fire department also attends these drills and we take any recommendations very seriously.

Tornado DrillA second type of drill we have periodically is a shelter drill. We have regular tornado drills since Colorado occasionally has threatening weather. For tornado drills, we have designated gathering places in the building with more secure walls and away from windows. Students sit quietly on the floor with heads down. Teachers always take roll and again these shelter drills are radioed into the district where they are monitored and closely timed with suggestions taken to the Colorow Building Emergency Response Team (BERT). Our students have done a remarkable job of practicing a bad weather drill and they know what to do.

LockoutA third type of drill we practice is a lockout where we secure the perimeter. This year we had a lockout which was not a drill due to police activity a few miles away. For a lockout students return inside and conduct business as usual. We increase situational awareness, take roll and carefully follow the directions we are given by dispatch through Jeffco security. As a Building Emergency Response Team (BERT), we take diligent notes, discuss our plan with the district and readjust to meet the needs of our students, staff and families but always follow the recommendations of the Jeffco Security Department which adheres to the Standard Response Protocol known throughout Colorado. You will be asked to show identification during this type of situation so please come prepared with ID and your patience. Our goal is the same as yours, to keep all students safe and we will do all that we can to make sure this happens.

School LockdownA fourth type is a lockdown drill. This announcement for the drill states “Locks, Lights, Out of Sight” and would be used for a situation such as an intruder inside the building. In my thirty years as a Jeffco employee, we have had two real lockdowns both brought on by someone not stopping to check into the office and not wearing a badge. Until the person could be located and quickly escorted back to the office, we went on lockdown. Teachers close their locked classroom doors, and all parties move away from sight of the windows and remain silent. Doors are not opened until all is clear and the Principal and responders enter with a key.

Evactuation Assembly AreaLastly, we practice a full off-site evacuation drill once a year. This piece ensures that students are reunited with a trusted adult who is required to provide identification once they arrive at our evacuation site which is Lilley Gulch Recreation Center. The first responders would oversee this process. This usually means the Jeffco Sherriff’s office. Students walk to Lilley Gulch in partner rows, class by class. Teachers take roll and notify the BERT if missing, extra or injured students are in attendance. As with other drills, teachers have green cards indicating that everyone is fine and accounted for and red cards meaning we need to speak directly to them because there is someone unaccounted for or perhaps someone extra with their class. Red can also just mean someone needs assistance etc.

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