When a situation arises or a threat is received, an administrator, or any school staff member, determines the need to initiate a lockdown. The lockdown serves purposes. It allows school staff members to:
Collect all the building occupants into safe areas (e.g., classrooms)
Account for all building occupants
Assess the situation
This procedure requires some time and attention to detail before external notifications are made.
Depending on the situation, the administrator may call the law enforcement agency, (e.g., Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Dept.). Once law enforcement officers are involved, they may take control of the scene. Based on an assessment by law enforcement officers and administrators, a locked down, no traffic is allowed to enter school grounds (e.g., parking lots), and no individuals are allowed to enter or exit the building.
Telephone lines must remain open for communication among officers and between offices and classrooms. Office staff may also call parents and guardians. Therefore, it is important not to call the school; doing so slows communications within the school and may delay delivering messages to those we need to reach outside the building. Similarly, law enforcement authorities have stipulated that cell phones must be turned off for safety reasons; please do not try to reach your child by cell phone or text message.
The district will make every effort to post current information on the district website, http://ripleyelementary.weebly.com/. Calls or emails may also be made to parents and guardians, either individually or using SchoolMessenger automated notification system. As addressing the internal operations of this procedure is a priority, it may take some time before information is ready to be relayed by any of these channels.
Lockdowns are practiced at least four times each school year. Two of these drills must not be announced in advance. Reminder: Students, staff, and community members are invited to call with tips that might assist in promoting school safety. To share information of an urgent nature, please call directly to the school office and/or the local authorities. During lockdown, please call the dispatcher at the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department at 716-753-4231 with tips directly related to the immediate situation.