To help maintain a safe learning environment, each year our staff and students will participate in different emergency drills. Practicing these plans and procedures will help us keep a safe place to learn and work. South Carolina Code of Law Title 59- Education, Chapter- 63 Pupils, Section 910 requires two active shooter drills per school year as well as other emergency drills (fire, tornado, earthquake) throughout the year. This information will help you understand the importance of these drills and to understand each type of exercise.
During the week of October 22, High Point Academy will conduct our first Active Shooter Drill for the 2019-2019 school year.
The school will conduct a fire drill each month the school is in session. This is a Fire Code requirement and state law. We want each student to understand and be aware of the importance of this drill and not be afraid when the fire alarm sounds.
The “Shelter-in-Place” drill will be conducted one time a semester each school year. The purpose of this drill is to be prepared to move to a safe location within the building in case of severe weather or tornados.
The school will conduct one active shooter/intruder drill each semester. This type of exercise allows our students to understand our active shooter plan. This procedure is known as A.L.I.C.E. which is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. The plan is endorsed by law enforcement, school board, and school safety experts across the country. The philosophy of A.L.I.C.E. is to inform staff and students so they can make educated decisions in a crisis, remove as many people as possible from the “danger zone,” and provide training so those in an emergency situation will have a better chance of remaining safe. All High Point Academy employees have been trained in these procedures.
We understand our student body is unique and these drills will be tailored accordingly. All of our students will be made aware these exercises are only drills but should take them seriously. Our intruder practice will include an ALERT in the form of an announcement notifying everyone in the building of the location of the “danger zone.” Those areas of the building within the “danger zone” will practice LOCKDOWN by discussing how to barricade the room. Announcements will continue to INFORM the building of any changes in the “danger zone.” While in the LOCKDOWN phase, teachers will discuss the COUNTER portion of the plan. Those classrooms not in the “danger zone” will practice the EVACUATE portion of the plan if hallways and exits are safe. It is essential for students to listen to the directions given by their teacher, as the course of action during these drills will not always be the same. As we continue to conduct these drills, students will cover different scenarios.
Younger students need constant reminders of safe practices for them to make good decisions related to their safety. You can help prepare them for the A.L.I.C.E. plan discussing the following objectives at home.
Please remember that these safety practice drills are done to help maintain our schools as a safe place to learn and work. If you have any questions regarding any of these safety drills or other safety concerns, please contact Kevin King, Director of Security, by email or by calling the school at 864.316.9788.
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