On September 20th, the Delaware Department of Homeland Security released the 2017-2018 annual progress report for the Comprehensive School Safety Program. As part of the Omnibus School Safety Act, Delaware schools are required to hold different types of safety drills. According to this report, every single public school in the state held these drills. Does this mean our schools are safe? Continue reading
A few days ago I put up a post about an alleged lack of intruder drills at Newark Charter School. A few parents approached me and were very concerned. Many denied the school never conducted these drills. As such, I will be checking with schools in the future when parents come to me about these type of things.
Greg Meece from NCS issued a letter to parents about what both locations of Newark Charter have done to promote school safety:
- Have a Comprehensive School Safety Plan (CCSP) that aligns with the Delaware Department of Homeland Security requirements;
- The school’s CCSP, including rally points, building plans and other campus-specific information is maintained on a secured server (Emergency Response Information Portal) that can be accessed by first responders;
- We conduct monthly drills including but not limited to: fire dills/heightened security drills/bus evacuation drills, etc.;
- We conduct at least two intruder/lockdown drills each school year;
- We conduct at least two table top exercises (walk-through of Emergency Action Plans) each School Year).
Thank you Greg Meece for getting this information out. When it comes to school safety, there should be NO restrictions on keeping children safe. I’m glad your schools are doing all they can.
House Bill 340, signed by Governor Markell in 2014, demands public schools do at least two intruder/lockdown drills a school year. But Newark Charter School hasn’t had one this school year or last school year according to sources. Most schools that have these type of drills tell parents ahead of time. My own son’s school has. I’m not sure why Newark Charter thinks they don’t have to conduct these drills.
In the wake of the shooting in Florida last week that caused a former student to go on a rampage and slaughter 17 innocent lives, it is more imperative than ever that our schools are prepared for these type of scenarios. Delaware’s law concerning these drills is part of the Omnibus School Safety Act. Schools are required to report these drills to the Delaware Department of Homeland Security. Do we now need a section of their website with a checklist of each school that complied with the law? Sounds like it. What are the ramifications for not reporting or conducting these drills? Like most in Delaware, probably a phone call. Sorry, NCS doesn’t get a pass on this no matter how “great” their test scores are!