Not only will Crystal Lake Central High School hold a lockdown drill next Tuesday, but so will Prairie Ridge.
South High School held one on December 18th and Cary-Grove’s was on January 30th.
Here is the email to parents that was sent out:
Dear Prairie Ridge Parent:
For the past decade, the Prairie Ridge High School staff has participated in code red lockdown drills at least once per year. During this school year, each District 155 school has committed to conducting a lockdown practice with students and staff members so they may be able to more quickly react should an emergency arise. As you may be aware, both Crystal Lake South and Cary-Grove have completed their drills.
Prairie Ridge High School will conduct a lockdown drill on Tuesday, February 12. 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. This is the same approach used with Prairie Ridge staff in the early years of practicing lockdowns.
This invaluable practice will take approximately 15-20 minutes, during which time teachers will secure their rooms, draw curtains, and keep their students from traveling throughout the building. Our school resource officer-a member of the Crystal Lake Police Department-will assist us in sweeping the building to ensure that all students are in a secure location during the drill. 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 and after it happens. These drills help our students and staff to be prepared should a crisis occur, but we understand it may cause some students to have increased anxiety. In those cases, your voice may provide reassurances of the drill’s importance. Additionally, we have trained social workers, counselors, and a school psychologist on staff who can speak directly with your child should he or she need any added support.
Should you have any questions, please contact our deans of students, Emory Swinney (eswinney@d1SS.org) or Scott LeMoine (firstname.lastname@example.org), or any member of the Prairie Ridge administrative team. Together, we can keep our schools a safe place for your child to learn and grow.
Paul Humpa, Principal
Prairie Ridge High School