Officials are calling it a “crisis management plan” set for 9 a-m. Faculty and staff will review the lockdown procedures with students in advance and students will be told that the activity is a drill.
JHS Principal Mike McGiles says an announcement will be made on the intercom to signal the start of the fake lockdown.
“Students will be expected to follow the plan so they know where to go, what to do, how to take cover, whether they are supposed to take cover, then we’ll go around and make sure everybody’s where they’re supposed to be,” McGiles says.
“And then we’ll give the all-clear signal. Probably shouldn’t take more than about ten minutes. Then, we’ll get some feedback from both the law enforcement are who are observing it and our staff and our students as well, get some feedback from them on how it went so we can evaluate the process,” he adds.
McGiles says the students and staff will be asked to treat the drill as if it were a real-life event.
“Obviously, it won’t be quite as chaotic as if it where the real thing. Hopefully it never is the real thing, but we just have to make sure we practice those procedures in case it does happen,” he says.
McGiles says recent events such as the Sandy Hook shooting have heightened the school’s awareness, but this event was planned before that.
Visitors are asked not to visit the high school between 9 a.m. and 9:15 Tuesday morning. Those already on-campus are expected to take part in the drill.