Dear Parents and Guardians,
On Monday, September 28th, 2015, Newtown High School will practice its first evacuation drill. Although we had a fire drill during the first days of school, we will now extend this to a full evacuation to the field. The evacuation will begin as a fire drill but will move to a full evacuation procedure once we are cleared from the building. Students will be asked to remain quiet, follow the directions of a teacher or adult, and line up by their bus number on the football field. This is to simulate the procedures that will happen should a full evacuation of the high school campus be warranted.
I will review the expectations with students on Monday morning during advisory. If a student does not know his or her bus number, they can get this during advisory on Monday morning. This is only a drill and is meant to uncover any areas that we need to improve upon regarding emergency drills and campus evacuations.
My priority is to communicate with students that this is a practice drill only. Therefore, I will be speaking on the intercom to provide instructions prior to the drill later that morning. It is imperative we make sure our students and staff understand the emergency procedures in the event of unforeseen issues.
Dr. Lorrie Rodrigue