SCSD Schools Trained in Standard Response Protocol
Published on 2/4/19
District News Ed Smith
In the event of an emergency, SCSD students and staff are being trained in Standard Response Protocol (SRP), thanks to the SCSD Department of Public Safety and SUNY Oswego.
All SCSD students and staff will engage in these trainings through March. The trainings, funded in part by Department of Public Safety budget funds and in part by a $10,000 grant from The Hartford Insurance Agency, are part of a larger SCSD initiative to gather data on emergency preparedness and ensure that all students and staff are prepared in the event of an emergency in a school building.
Trainings are intended to help students and staff be aware of what to do in the event of different types of emergencies. They aim to show students and staff what to do in the event of a lockdown, lockout, evacuation, shelter-in-place and more.
“It’s a good thing for us to feel safe and comfortable at school,” Ed Smith eighth grader Wylie Cridge explained. “If something bad happens, you don’t automatically feel scared. Because of these trainings, we’ll know what to do and feel protected in case of an emergency.”
Wylie noted that the lockdown drills have taught students what to do in the event of an emergency, including hiding in a corner out of sight of doors and windows and being quiet.
“If kids felt endangered at school, if anything happened, they would panic,” Josie Hakizimana said. “The trainings and drills we have help us feel prepared so if anything actually happened, we would be able to stay calm.”
For younger students, in grades two and below, trainings were short: 20 minutes or less. Students were taught just the most important take-aways. For older students, the training was longer: about 45 minutes. Older students watched video clips demonstrating each scenario and answered check-in questions to make sure the content was understandable.
Regardless of age, students were taught what they should do in the event of each situation, what their teachers would do in each situation and even what other people – like the police – might do.
This is all in an effort to familiarize students and staff with proper procedures so, in the event that a real emergency occurred in their building.
“Training is necessary to help save lives,” Dr. Jaclyn Schildkraut, SUNY Oswego Associate Professor, said. “The training that we provided to SCSD students will give them valuable tools to stay safe in the event that one of these scenarios should arise. It is better to have the tools and not need them than to need them and not have them.”
Materials from the school presentations have also been sent home to families to ensure that students, staff, first responders and families are all aware of the security procedures in place throughout the District. Thank you to SUNY Oswego and our SCSD Department of Public Safety for leading this effort to help keep our schools safe!