In the event of an emergency the school has a Critical Incident and Recovery Plan which outlines all procedures that school staff ad Governors must follow. There are a few pieces of information from this which it would be useful for you to be aware of.
Any emergency which would involve the school being evacuated OR going into a state of lockdown, the following would apply. This is standard procedure, and we hope that you would understand the need for this in the remote possibility that it should be necessary.
Communication between Parents and the School
School lockdown procedures, especially arrangements for communicating with parents, will be routinely shared with parents either by newsletter or via the school website.
In the event of an actual lockdown, any incident or development will be communicated to parents as soon as is practicable via Schools to Parent text and email.
Parents should be given enough information about what will happen so that they:
- Are reassured that the school understands their concern for their child’s welfare, and that it is doing everything possible to ensure his/her safety;
- Do not contact the school. Calling the school could tie up telephone lines that are needed for contacting emergency providers;
- Do not come to the school. They could interfere with emergency provider’s access to the school and may even put themselves and others in danger;
- Wait for the school to contact them about when it is safe for them to collect their children, and where this will be from.
It is of vital importance that the school’s evacuation and lockdown procedures are familiar to all members of the school staff e.g. senior management team, school administrators, teaching staff and non-teaching staff. To achieve this, a lockdown drill will be undertaken at least once a year. Depending on their age, pupils will also be aware of the plan - regular practices will increase their familiarity.