Lockdown Drill -- Friday, Jan. 18

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Hello Marshall families,

We will be conducting a Lockdown Drill this Friday morning, January 18, 2013, at about 9:45 AM.  As you know, we conduct such drills on a recurring basis and typically do so without giving notice to our students.  However, in view of recent current events, we believe it would be of benefit to our entire community to conduct this next drill “in the open” giving our teachers, students, and parents a chance to discuss the importance of such practice exercises as well as the proper protocols.

Please take a few minutes to discuss this upcoming drill with your student(s) this week at some point prior to Friday morning.  As a part of your dialog, please ensure that your child understands the following:

· A member of the office staff will say “This is a lockdown” over the intercom.  It does not matter if the announcement is a drill or not. You must treat every lockdown announcement with the same level of seriousness.
· Your teacher will lock and close your classroom door and turn out the light.  He/She may also choose to move you to a corner of the classroom, away from the windows, to sit on the floor.
· If you are not in a classroom when the announcement is made, you should go to the nearest classroom immediately or seek out an adult in the hall who will escort you to the nearest safe location.
· You must sit completely silently until you are told the lockdown is over.  You will not be allowed to leave the classroom for any reason. If you have a cellphone, you must not use it.
· When the lockdown is over you will hear an announcement saying “The lockdown is over,” or a member of the office staff or a police officer will open your classroom door and give your further instructions.   You must listen to these directions carefully and do exactly as you are told.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.  The safety of your child is our primary concern.

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