November 3, 2016
Dear Holly Grove Elementary Parents
Because we want to keep you informed, I want to make you aware of steps we took today to keep our school safe. Safety is a priority at our school. We conducted a drill today to help our teachers, students and community be better prepared in case of an emergency. You may have heard school staff refer to lockdowns or may have visited a school during a lockdown. Schools may go into lockdown after conferring with WCPSS Security staff and/or local law enforcement. When law enforcement officials determine events they are investigating in the community near a school warrant, they notify WCPSS Security staff and the school and may recommend a community lockdown. In a community lockdown, all exterior doors of the school are locked and no one is allowed to enter or exit the building until the all-clear announcement is given. The school operates "business as usual" with the exception of no outside activities.
A higher-level lockdown is used when an intruder is thought to be on campus. This is a “Code Red” lockdown. Procedures are similar to the community lockdown. In addition, classroom doors are locked, lights are turned off and students are moved to a safe place within their classroom.
We conducted this drill today so that faculty, students and our community are familiar with these procedures. By working with our law enforcement agency and WCPSS Security staff on the drills at WCPSS schools, we can better prepare our students, faculty and staff for theunexpected.
If you should have any questions, please call my office at 577-1700. Thanks for your continued support of learning and teaching at our school and of keeping our students safe.
Kathy Knezevic, Principal
Holly Grove Elementary School