School Safety Drills at Home | #FightBackin5
Our children may go through multiple school safety drills in a year, but as parents we can do our part at home to make sure they are prepared for an emergency. In the Texas School Safety Center article, “Parents Are Key Players in a Safe and Secure School Environment,” Director Dr. Victoria Calder explained that parent support of school safety must begin at home.
“By practicing what to do in an emergency, student and staff confidence increases exponentially. This confidence reduces worry and allows students to focus on learning,” Dr. Victoria Calder said.
For today’s #FightBackin5 we share four easy things you can do at home to help keep your children prepared. We will also discuss the various safety drills your children may be practicing at school.
4 Ways to Help Prepare Your Kids for School Emergencies
- Walk through the drills your child has learned at school. Practice them at home – this will help boost their confidence in the instance something happens at school.
- Talk to your children about the kinds of drills they do and why those drills are important.
- Explain the importance of staying calm, helping others and following instructions if there is an emergency.
- Practice family drills for at-home emergencies such as house-fires, tornadoes or earthquakes.
While doing these things at home will make a big difference, parents should also find out how the school will contact them in the case of an emergency. Do not hesitate to ask questions to better understand what the timelines and restrictions will be involved when emergency communication is needed. Parents, especially those actively involved in supporting the school, should be personally knowledgeable about safety procedures so they can assist or support teachers and staff in an emergency. According to the Texas School Safety Center article, safety drills cover a much wider range of potential situations than they used to. They include:
- Evacuation drills to make sure students can get to safety quickly and easily.
- Reverse evacuation drills, designed to get students back inside safely.
- Weather drills to help prepare children to handle various nature situations – such as severe storms and flooding.
- Shelter-in-Place drills to keep students safe from contaminants and hazardous materials.
- Lockdown drills to prepare students to take cover in the case of an internal threat.