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21 DECEMBER · ADMIN ·

Lockdown Procedures

Rationale

As part of our Health and Safety procedures the school has introduced Lockdown Procedures. On very rare occasions it may be necessary to seal off the school, so it is not accessible from the outside.  This will ensure that pupils, staff and visitors are safe in extreme situations where there is a hazard in the school grounds or outside the school, in the near vicinity.  A lockdown would be implemented when there are serious risks to the school community, for example:

  • An intruder on the school site (with the potential to pose a serious risk to staff and pupils)

  • A reported incident/civil disturbance in the local community (with the potential to pose a significant risk to the safety of staff and pupils in the school)

  • A warning being received regarding an environmental risk locally (serious pollution, smoke plume, gas cloud etc.)

  • A major fire in the immediate vicinity of the school

  • The close proximity of a dangerous dog/other animal roaming loose

Notification of Lockdown


The school will be notified if lockdown procedures are to take place on hearing a tannoy announcement stating that we are in lockdown or partial lockdown.  The relevant authorities will then be called by the designated member of staff.

During a lockdown direct communication with staff will be limited, due to lack of telephones in individual classrooms.  Communication will have to be through the following methods:

  • The schools established texting service, whereby instructions/updates can be immediately sent to all staff mobile phones

  • Where staff have access to a computer, through the email system.  

Procedures:

  • All outside activities will cease immediately with pupils and staff returning indoors.

  • A lockdown alarm will trigger the process of pupils being taken/contained in a safe place and locking doors to classrooms, offices, internal connecting doors and all outside doors where it is deemed safe to do so.  Where possible and without causing injury furniture/objects should be used to barricade doors to prevent/delay access.

  • Students and staff are to remain in the room they are in, staff must ensure that doors and windows are closed and locked where deemed safe to do so, screened where possible and that students are positioned away from sightlines from external windows and doors where possible.

  • Students and/or staff not in a classroom must proceed to the nearest occupied room and remain there until advised by a member of SLT or the Emergency Services that is safe to move and where to go.

  • Staff/students in the hall when lockdown is called should go into the Work Room next door. 

  • As soon as a lockdown is called, staff must take a register and notify the office immediately by email of any pupils not accounted for.

  • Staff and pupils are to remain in lockdown until informed by a member of SLT or the Emergency Services that it is safe to move and where to go to.

Communication with Parents

 

  • Parents will be notified of the lockdown as soon as practical to do so via the schools established texting service.

  • Pupils will not be released to parents or transport during a lockdown.

  • Parents will be asked not to call school as this will tie up emergency lines.

  • Depending on the type and severity of the incident, parents and transport may be asked NOT to collect pupils from school.

  • If the end of the school day is extended by a lockdown, parents will be notified, and will receive information about the time and place pupils can picked up, either from school staff or the Emergency Services.

  • Parents will be informed as soon as possible following any serious incident, as to the reasons for the lockdown being called. 

Lockdown Drills


Lockdown drill should take place once per year to ensure that everyone knows exactly what to do in such a situation.  Monitoring of practices will take place and debriefed to staff so improvements can be made.  Staff and students will be carefully instructed as to when such a drill will take place.

‘Partial Lockdown’


This may be as a result of a potential risk to pupils, staff and visitors in the school.  It may also be as a result of a warning being received regarding the risk of air pollution.

Procedures

 

  • All outside activities will cease immediately with pupils and staff returning indoors.

  • All pupils and staff to remain indoors and external doors and windows must be locked.

  • In the event of air pollution, air vents must be closed where possible, as an additional precaution.  Emergency Services will advise as to the best course of action in respect of the prevailing threat.

  • Free movement within the building may be permitted depending on the circumstances.

  • Staff will conduct an ongoing dynamic Risk Assessment based on advice from the Emergency Services.  This will then be communicated to staff, who can then inform pupils where appropriate.

  • ‘Partial Lockdown’ should be seen as a precautionary measure which puts the school in readiness should the situation escalate, whilst retaining a degree of normality.

Review


These procedures will be reviewed annually as part of the Health and Safety procedures. 

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