As per DOE guidelines, every school will be conducting drills designed to help prepare for three different types of responses to emergencies that may occur: evacuation, shelter-in, and lockdown. Please be assured that the training and practice drills for the students are designed to be age appropriate and to ensure that students understand the importance of these drills without causing unnecessary alarm.
For our youngest students in Pre-K and Kindergarten, our school guidance counselor, Erin Langstaff, will be giving the training along with your child’s classroom teacher in order to provide a comfortable, safe environment in which children will feel free to ask questions and voice any concerns. They will use a PowerPoint provided to schools by the Department of Education that was designed specifically for use with elementary school children. Click here to view the General Response Protocol (GRP) PowerPoint presentation (pdf).
Please be assured that our primary concern is the safety and well-being of all children under our care. Children have many questions and concerns about safety procedures in the school, and we believe the best way to address them is through thoughtful, planned and developmentally appropriate training.
You are encouraged to take advantage of the many resources that are available to keep families informed if there is an emergency at school. All families are reminded to update the Emergency Contact Cards that are on file in our main office. This includes providing information indicating phone numbers, and the names of adults to whom the school may release children in an emergency. Families are also encouraged to register with Notify NYC (https://a858-nycnotify.nyc.gov/notifynyc/) to receive information about emergency events, and call 311 for additional information about a school during an emergency.