The start of the 2019-20 school year saw some changes to Chambers Public School regarding school safety and protocols used. These changes and upgrades are a result of the school safety audit and review that was completed in the fall of 2017.
The library was remodeled over the summer to include an office for the principal/activities director and for the administrative assistant. The administrative assistant’s office now provides a direct line of sight and entry for our visitors.
On Aug. 13 nearly all school personnel participated in the Survive A Violent Encounter (S.A.V.E.) Yourself training conducted by Sheehan Strategic Solutions. This training compliments the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) that was adopted last year.
The school crisis team met and discussed specific follow-up strategies with students, faculty and parents based on the information learned from the training. All teachers will be working with their students for specific classroom procedures in a lockdown situation. For example, if an intruder is in the high school building the elementary will evacuate to specific rally points in the community. An additional change will be to announce when drills are being conducted prior to the drill taking place. Other adopted measures include updating materials in the disaster buckets located in each classroom and updating building maps so first responders have the most accurate information available.
These measures are not being implemented because of any particular threat, but rather in an overall response to the numerous attacks that have occurred in schools and other public venues over the last several years. These measures will not just cover those types of events but also other events such as severe weather, power outages and fires.