To keep students safe, it’s imperative that we keep our crisis & safety plans up to date and practice multiple types of safety drills.
What types of safety drills?
Be sure to include lockdown and evacuation drills along with the requisite fire drills. It’s also a great idea to practice a reverse evacuation, where staff and students need to enter the building in an orderly fashion to put distance between themselves and an outdoor hazard.
Human beings do not typically perform well in a crisis. But if we practice, which essentially creates a conditioned response, we will fare much better if the real thing should ever happen.