School Safety - Modified Drills During COVID-19

For the 2020-21 school year, the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District has adopted a set of procedures for their emergency drills which enables their safe performance while still providing educational value to students and staff.  In order for us to perform our drills safely within the context of COVID-19 we are following these procedures: 

  • All drills for the 2020-2021 school year shall require social distancing and proper respiratory hygiene and be performed in a manner that facilitates this requirement. 

  • Evacuation drills will be performed in a “staggered” manner, which allows for administrators and emergency team members to better control the release of students to allow for a higher level of COVID-19 safety. 

  • Lockdown drills shall be performed in a manner which does not require “hiding and sheltering” and instead provides educational information to students on how to properly prepare for and perform a lockdown.  By performing drills in this manner, teachers will be able to maintain the “muscle memory” that accompanies the first stages of a lockdown drill, but students will not be required to come into close proximity with each other. 

  • In the event of a real emergency, these COVID-19 adjusted strategies will not be used.  Instead, rapid and appropriate response will be executed to ensure the immediate safety of staff and students.

As always, it is of the utmost importance and our top priority to keep our students, staff, and faculty safe and healthy, and we have modified our drilling procedures throughout the district to reflect these priorities.