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Preparedness drill runs smoothly at RCS High School

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District regularly conducts preparedness drills within all district buildings. On Dec. 21, the high school, in conjunction with the Coeymans Police Department and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, administered a “Shelter-in-Place” drill during eighth period.

School officials, officers from the Coeymans Police Department and Greene County Sherriff’s Office and the Greene County Sheriff’s K-9 unit patrolled the halls of the high school during the drill, which ended at approximately 1:10 p.m.

When a “Shelter-in-Place” is announced, students and staff remain in their classrooms. Staff members close and lock classroom doors, close blinds, take attendance, conduct a visual search of the area and report anything suspicious to the Main Office. After this assessment is done, class instruction resumes as usual, with classroom doors locked. No hallway travel for students or staff is allowed while a “Shelter-in-Place” order is in effect.

The purpose of the “Shelter-in-Place” drill is to allow students and staff to practice these protocols, in the same way that fire drills are practiced.

“We are grateful to our local law enforcement agencies for their time and interest in helping us ensure the safety of our students and the district facilities,” said Assistant Superintendent Brian Bailey. “We believe that running these safety drills is extremely important and commend our students and staff for their work toward perfecting these crucial emergency response skills.”