Safety Procedures and Practices
What WE do at The Valley School to ensure everyone's safety
Federal and state law requires The Valley School to conduct the following minimum number of drills per year:
1 fire drill per month requiring evacuation
3 emergency drills per year (earthquake, lockdown, lockout)
The following is a brief description of each:
Evacuation: In the event the building needs to be evacuated, unless otherwise notified, all occupants follow predetermined routes and exit the building, gathering at our emergency staging area located to the west of our building in our parking lot. Attendance is taken for students, staff, volunteers, and visitors. There we remain for further instructions from administration, school security, fire or police officials.
Lockdown: A lockdown is called if there is a threat to those on our campus within school boundaries. The Valley School utilizes the ALICE method (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate). Due to the open nature of our campus, officials have recommended do not enter traditional lockdown, but make informed decisions on evacuation routes. Each classroom is equipped with a professional handheld radio to communicate and be alerted to an emergency situation on campus.
Earthquake: During an earthquake or earthquake drill, find the nearest surface under which to duck and cover. There are many studies and theories that suggest other actions to take. This is the action that our local police and fire departments require us to take.
Lockout: A lockout is called if there is a threat in our neighborhood or immediate area, but not directly on campus. Our Safety Resource Officer, Mark Patterson, will contact the school to notify us of the threat and post outside our school for extra security. All doors and windows will be locked and students will not be allowed to move between buildings until officer Mark has advised us the threat warning is lifted.
Radon Testing The new HASS law requires that all school's test radon levels in the buildings. Our radon testing was done on October 19- October 23rd. Click the button below for the official test results.
What YOU can do to ensure everyone's safety
Sign in: Whenever you enter our building, please make the front office your first stop and please sign in and please do not sign out until you leave. Should you be here during a drill or during an emergency event, we need to know that you are in the building to help ensure your safety. Thank you.
For More Policy Information: Click here for our online policy manual