Jeffrey Horne, the Brooklyn Director of School Safety, joined us for a Q&A session at our February PTA meeting. Also in attendance were Officer John Kenny, the Community Affairs Officer for the 84th precinct, and Officer Martinez, School Safety Supervisor for both sites.
School Safety Plan Overview:
When a threat requires teachers and students to evacuate the school.
- The fire alarm will go off or an announcement will be made alerting teachers and students to start an evacuation.
- Schools are required to have at least 8 fire drills. We anticipate that we will have 3-4 additional drills to allow teachers and students to practice evacuating at different times during the day. At the lower school, Trish and Caren take note of everything and make revisions as needed. At the middle school, Danielle and the campus administrators do the same.
When there is a threat outside the school and teachers and students need to stay inside.
- An announcement will be made two times.
- The School Safety Agent will immediately lock the main doors. All exits will be checked to be sure they are locked and then monitored until the shelter-in is lifted.
- Teachers and students will stay inside and conduct business as usual.
When there is a threat inside the school and teachers and students need to go to a safe place. Soft Lockdown: no imminent danger; Hard Lockdown: imminent danger.
- In any lockdown, an announcement will be made two times.
- Students are trained to move out of sight (corner of a locked classroom, inside a locked bathroom, or in a locked office) and keep silent.
- Teachers are trained to check the hallway outside of their classroom to look for students, lock classroom doors, cover the classroom door window, and turn off the lights.
- Teachers wait for first responders to open the door or for the announcement that the lockdown has been lifted.
- In a soft lockdown, the administration and building response team will sweep the school. In a hard lockdown, no one should sweep the school.
- We practice lockdown drills 4 times during the school year. The explanation behind the lockdown drills is tailored for different grade levels and depends on student questions.
We recommend that you register with Notify NYC to receive information about emergency events.
There were several questions regarding security upon entry into the lower school. There are a few key actions that need to be put in place right now, and we are working on them. In the meantime, we ask that anyone entering the building at times other than drop-off/pick-up please insist on signing in at the security booth.
We are looking into locking and possibly reinforcing the second set of doors by the main entrance and installing bulletproof glass around the security booth. Badges for people who volunteer regularly and visitors have been created and are being used.