Lockdown Drill Scheduled for Crystal Lake Central High School Next Tuesday, Simulated Gunfire Out

After all the hubbub about the lockdown drill at Cary-Grove High School, District 155 is determined to train teachers and students what to do if there is a threat from a deranged person with a gun, but the drill at the second high school, Crystal Lake Central, will proceed sans shots from starter pistols.

Below is the email parents received this morning about next Tuesday’s simulation.

Crystal Lake Central High School.

Crystal Lake Central High School.

Dear Parents:

The school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut is a tragic reminder of the importance of school security and safety.

At Crystal Lake Central and across District 155, we make your child’s safety our number one priority each day.

As a parent myself, I can assure you that we understand our responsibility to return your child safely at the end of each day.

While we take many preventative steps to keep our building secure, we also practice our response should a crisis arise.

Some examples include

  • meetings with first responders
  • a comprehensive crisis response plan
  • simulations

In fact, prior to the Connecticut tragedy, we had a building-wide lockdown drill for our staff on October 26, 2012.

My administrative team and I feel it is important to explain to you in advance our next planned simulation drill with students so that you and your child might be able to better understand what will take place on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

The simulation will take approximately 10-15 minutes during which time teachers will

  • secure their rooms
  • draw curtains
  • keep their students from traveling throughout the buildin

Our school resource officer and additional Crystal Lake Police will assist us in sweeping the building to ensure that all students are in a secure location during the drill.

Please be aware that at this time we will not be enacting any active scenarios or simulated gunfire as a part of this drill.

Since we have not previously conducted a drill of this kind with students, we feel it is important to establish the protocols and routines so that all students understand the lockdown procedure.

At the conclusion of the drill, we will return to our normal classroom routine.

I encourage you to discuss the drill with your student both before it happens and after.

These drills help our students and staff to be prepared should a crisis occur, but because of the timing, it may cause some students to have an emotional reaction. In those cases, your voice may provide reassurances of the drill’s importance.

Additionally, we have trained social workers on staff who can speak directly with your child should he or she need added support.

If you have any questions, please contact me or any member of Central’s administrative team. Together, we can keep our schools a safe place for your child to learn and grow.


Steve Olson, Principal


Lockdown Drill Scheduled for Crystal Lake Central High School Next Tuesday, Simulated Gunfire Out — 1 Comment

  1. Nice to see the Crystal Lake Central has some common sense on the issue of simulated gun fire. If we really want to expose our children to gunfire and firearms then lets take them to On Target in Crystal Lake and let them get trained up and actually handle and use a weapon.

    This will:

    1) Actually educate our children and young adults on how to handle and use a weapon in an environment that will not frighten them

    2) Will expose our children and young adults to the sound of weapons fire in a manner consistent with 100s of years of experience, military or otherwise.

    In closing – we have a lot of work to do here in McHenry County and Illinois on our Second Amendment Rights. I love Illinois, I moved back here after a 20 year military career, and we are the only state without concealed carry.

    We need it – criminals need to wonder who is carrying and who is not.

    There is a great book by John Lott called “More Guns – Less Crime”. I highly recommend everyone read it. It is in its third addition and Illinois is the poster child for why we need concealed carry (as if the news out of Chicago isn’t enough).

    KUDOS to Principal Olsen and his staff.

    Andrew Gasser

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