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District to conduct Jan. 28 school lockdown exercise

The Sherwood School District will conduct a lockdown (or what school districts often refer to as a lock in) at several different schools on Monday, Jan. 28.

The drill, where all students and staff are secured within individual classrooms/offices (ensuring there is no movement throughout the building), will take place throughout the day.

The schedule is as follows:

8:30 a.m. — Edy Ridge Elementary, Laurel Ridge Middle School, Middleton Elementary.

9:30 a.m. — Sherwood Middle School, Hopkins Elementary

1 p.m. — Archer Glen Elementary, Sherwood High School.

According to Superintendent Heather Cordie, Sherwood police will be on-site, along with administrators, to observe.

“If you are around our campuses on the 28th, you will very likely see an increased police presence as our partners help us evaluate our protocols,” she said. “If you are a visitor in the building during one of the drills, we need you to participate with us; please follow the directions given by our staff. If you arrive during a drill, you will not be allowed to enter and students will not be allowed to exit until the drill concludes. Please plan ahead if you need to drop off or pick up your student during the day on (Jan. 28).”

Cordie said since December, her team of administrators has been carefully reviewing procedures “to be sure that we are doing everything we can to protect students and staff in the event of an emergency. Our wonderful partnership with the Sherwood police continues, and they have been involved in our review, in addition to evaluating our facilities and making recommendations to us for improvements.”

The superintendent said in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, many district residents have contacted her office with questions, concerns and suggestions.

Because many of the district’s elementary students are unaware of the events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary, school staffs will approach this drill with that understanding and remind students that this is one of the many safety drills that we do each year at our school, Cordie said.

Each school has a designated off-campus “Safe Place” location where students and staff can relocate to if an evacuation of the building is necessary. If this were to occur, parents would be notified of the location and procedures for reuniting with their children via the district’s notification systems along with the FlashAlert system for notifying the media.



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