Recently, the Mount Markham Central School District was notified of a threat to one of our local medical facilities. Along with this notification came a recommendation for our school facility to initiate an extra vigilant monitoring of anyone entering our buildings. Even though the threat was not specific to our PK-12 campus, we complied with this recommendation and went to a “Shelter in Place” status. This means we continued all educational activities as usual with a heightened monitoring of all external entrances to our buildings.
The reason we declare a particular level of response is
almost always due to communication from local and/or regional law
enforcement. This communication is
usually brief and deals with a threat or crisis that may have an impact on our
school buildings, students and staff.
Therefore, we once again want to provide a brief overview of the
responses we take depending on the information provided.
Levels of Response
administration will distinguish the appropriate level of response to take and
notify building administrators.
Shelter In Place There is heightened monitoring of all external entrances.
With students present: Lock all doors and windows. Be alert for students returning to your area. Scan all rooms for suspicious objects. Avoid unnecessary communication. Wait for further instructions and continue to teach.
No students in area: Follow your assigned emergency responsibilities. Be alert for/avoid/report suspicious objects or activity. Avoid unnecessary communication.
Lockdown Take Cover ALL students and staff immediately go to lockdown – DO NOT MOVE. Take position away from windows and doors
With students present: Evacuate students if instructed to do so. Be alert for/avoid/report suspicious objects. Take attendance. Wait for further instructions.
Without students: Follow your assigned emergency responsibilities. Be alert for/avoid/report suspicious objects.
In this time of technological advancement, with almost everyone having an instant communication device, it takes seconds for one of our emergency responses to hit the social media airways. Once that happens, we are inundated with hundreds of phone calls within our three buildings. Because the information being shared via social media may be inaccurate, we ask for your patience in our responses over the telephone. If you have questions regarding this information on Building Emergencies, please call the district office.
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