Make Your School Lockdowns More Efficient

School Lockdown

Most schools never have to go through an actual lockdown situation, but it’s important to plan for them to be safe. In the case of a lockdown situation, every moment is critical, so make sure your lockdown procedure is as efficient as possible. If you’re looking to improve upon your procedure, check out Schoolmasters Safety’s tips to making your school lockdown more efficient!

Keep Certain Doors Locked All Day

Most schools’ lockdown procedures involve teachers locking classroom doors to protect the students from whatever threat may be in the area. In the heat of the moment, it is easy for someone to be so caught up in the situation that they forget the most basic steps of their procedure, like locking doors. If teachers get in the habit of locking their doors when their class is in session, this will help lower the risk of a teacher keeping a door unlocked during a lockdown. One caveat with this is that it is common procedure for anyone who may be in the halls during a lockdown to head straight to the nearest classroom, so keeping every door locked can possibly endanger stragglers. Make sure you keep certain doors unlocked, and make sure all students and staff know where each one is.


Make Sure All Faculty Members Have Keys

As mentioned before, in a lockdown situation it is important to keep most of the school’s doors locked. When this is the case, many schools rely on some sort of code system to let the teachers know when it is safe to open their doors back up again to resume class. Code words can be dangerous because, again, it is easy for someone to forget the correct procedure during a lockdown. Providing all faculty members with keys to all of the classrooms can help prevent a miscommunication like that. If all faculty members have a set of keys, they can be selected at random in the event of a lockdown to go around the building and unlocking doors to signal the end of the threat. Make sure your faculty members keep these sets of keys locked away for use in the case of an emergency lockdown. Otherwise they may fall into the wrong hands!


No Such Thing as Too Much Training

The best way to make sure your school lockdowns are as efficient and effective as possible is to train both faculty and students on what your procedure is. Having seminars with faculty before the school year begins can help refresh them on what to do, as well as teach them new procedures you may be implementing. Running school-wide lockdown drills regularly is also important. If the students don’t know what to do in the case of a lockdown, the chances of panic and mistakes greatly increase. It may seem like an unnecessary waste of time, but if your school finds itself in a lockdown situation those drills can make all of the difference.

What procedures does your school use in the event of a lockdown? Share them in the comments below.


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