Tiger Talk

12/18/2017

School Safety and Drill Information

Dear West Cypress Hills Elementary School Parents and Guardians,


We are proud to serve you and your children, and we will continually strive to provide a safe learning environment for all students at West Cypress Hills Elementary.


The safety of your children, school staff and visitors is very important to me. In order to maintain a safe learning environment, it is necessary that we practice our emergency and crisis response plans by having drills designed to exercise our procedures.


We have been conducting various drills throughout the school year. This communication is intended to help you understand the importance of these drills as well as to understand each type of drill.


The students and staff at WCHE practice three primary emergency drills each year: fire drills, lockdown drills, and shelter-in-place drills. Each type of drill is explained below.


Fire Drills
Our school will conduct a fire drill each month that school is in session. We want each student to understand and be aware of the importance of this drill and not be afraid when the fire alarm is activated. By practicing, our students will become familiar with these expectations should a real emergency occur.


Lockdown Drills


Our school will conduct one Lockdown drill each semester of the school year. During a Lockdown event, we will secure the campus and shelter all students, staff and visitors from possible danger inside or outside of our school building. All perimeter doors to the school building will be locked and will remain locked until the threat has been contained and/or removed. No one will be allowed to enter or exit the building until the authorities (or school district officials) authorize such a release.


Please be advised, a Lockdown drill is scheduled for this Wednesday, December 20. Our teachers will inform students in advance so they can be adequately prepared.


Shelter-in-Place Drills


The shelter-in-place drill will be conducted one time per semester each school year. The purpose of this drill is to prepare staff and students to move to a safe location within the building in case of severe weather.


Please know that we conduct these drills to support a safe learning environment for all and it is always our intent to do so with minimal disruption to our school activities. Your patience, understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated.


Should you have any questions or concerns regarding these drills, please contact your child’s teacher or myself directly at 512-533-7500.

Thank you,
Amanda Prehn, Principal