Know the drill: a guide

Know the drill.

Don’t be scared, be prepared.

Drills are an important first step in keeping Liberty schools, students and staff safe. District staff follow strict, detailed safety protocol during emergency drills. With good training and practice, everyone involved will be better able to react appropriately in the event of an actual emergency.

Drills allow administrators, staff and students to mitigate, prepare for and recover from a variety of incidents. We want our families to have a better understanding of the different drills we practice throughout the year so that they feel more prepared; however, in order to maintain their authenticity, notices of upcoming drills are rarely communicated to district residents. Misinformation can easily spread if when a drill situation occurs at your child’s school. Please know that in most cases, the district will communicate through its various channels that a particular drill has concluded.

If an actual emergency were to occur, parents, students, faculty, staff and community members should rely on the district’s communications channels for information. During any real emergency situation, information will be shared on the district website, the district Facebook page and through mobile messages.

What more people remember as fire drills are now known as evacuation drills. New York State law requires they be practiced 8 times a year. When the alarm sounds, everyone in classrooms and all building areas must evacuate along a designated route. Students remain quiet; there should be no cell phone use and attendance is taken at the evacuation location. Students return to class once building leaders give the okay.

A lockdown occurs when there may be an imminent threat INSIDE the school. State law requires lockdown drills to be practiced four times a year. All movement within the school is restricted. All students, staff and visitors must report immediately to the nearest classroom, gym or cafeteria. All exterior and interior doors are locked and secured. There should be no cell phone use and rooms should remain locked until they are unlocked by a building leader or police officer.

A lockout secures the outer perimeter of the building. Students who are outdoors are brought inside. All exterior doors are locked and windows are closed and locked. In a lockout, there is no classroom disruption. No one is allowed to leave or enter the building unless approve by police or until the lockout is lifted.


    Three times a year, all students (whether or not they regularly ride a bus) practice how to exit a bus safety in case of an emergency.
    In the event of severe weather, students move to an interior hallway and sit against a wall. Cellphones should be turned off.
    In the event of an immediate evacuation, students move to an alternative shelter nearby. Teachers will walk their classes to destination in town (such as a fire hall or church) and remain there until dismissed by a building leader or police officer. In this case, the district would communicate through its various channels to let parents know when or where to pick his or her child up.
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