Armed Intruder Drills.

Good morning, Parents.  

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends.  
I want to let all of you know in advance that next week we will be having our first Armed Intruder Drill at the high school.  During our in-service time prior to the school year, we were trained as a staff by the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department on multiple crisis response scenarios.  Our next step in preparing for these sorts of situations will be to first teach students about a particular response, in this case a rapid evacuation, and then run a slow motion drill to practice that response.  In future drills we will very likely run similar response drills at full speed and under varying circumstances.  We will also instruct students and run drills on other possible responses such as barricading in classrooms.  
Besides our opinion that involving students in drills that prepare for these sorts of situations is critical so that our response can be as efficient and effective as possible, these drills are also specifically required by Act 143.  In every case where we run a drill in response to an Armed Intruder or Active Shooter, we will make it perfectly clear that it is a drill situation and not a real threat.  At this particular point in the process, we will first carefully plan each of our responses in a meeting with our staff, and then we will teach the responses in detail to our students in the classroom before actively practicing the drill itself, probably immediately after the classroom instruction on the response actions.  
If you have any questions or concerns about these sorts of crisis response drills, please feel free to call me at (920) 564-2346 x4001 to discuss the matter.