In spring 2016, the District held an active shooter drill at Red Land High School. This drill included a significant amount of training and preparation by students and staff in conjunction with law enforcement and other emergency responders.
Since the drill at Red Land, the District has continued to review safety procedures and protocols, assess building access points, and prepare for a response using Run, Hide, Fight, a nationally recognized model for responding to intruders in a school setting.
As part of our ongoing efforts, the District holds drills throughout the school year with staff and age-appropriate training with students.
Some important information regarding the drills:
- Student training includes practicing the hide portion of Run, Hide, Fight.
- At the elementary level, staff will discuss Run, Hide, Fight with students.
- At the middle schools and high schools, students watch the YouTube video SAUSD Run Hide Fight (Elementary School), which highlights all three of the elements of the Run, Hide, Fight approach and allow time for discussion.
- In all schools, the drill begins with the announcement “This is a drill. This is a drill. This is a drill.” and ends with the announcement “The drill is now over. Resume normal operations."
- Following the drill, parents may receive an informational email from their building principal to notify them that the drill was conducted.
The goal of any drill is to improve our ability to protect students. While students and staff are aware the drill will be occurring, specifics about the date and time are not being shared so we can better evaluate our emergency preparedness plans and improve our response skills.
If you have any questions, please contact your building principal or Mr. Thomas Ryan, Coordinator of Coordinator of Safety and Student Attendance at [email protected]