Called when there is a need to move students from one location to another.
Schools will quickly move students and staff to safer locations outside of the building when a fire or other event requires that they leave the building. The primary objective of an evacuation is to ensure that all staff, students, and visitors can quickly move away from the threat.
“Evacuate! To a location,” and is repeated twice each time the public address is performed. For example: “Evacuate to the soccer field! Evacuate to the soccer field!
- Each evacuation map should be posted on the inside of the door or adjacent to the door frame for quick visual access.
- Students and staff should know the primary and secondary exit routes to exit their classrooms.
- Students should know the nearest exit if they are not in their classroom and to report to the first teacher/administrator they encounter.
- Evacuation drills at the start of each semester should be announced to all students and staff’ subsequent drills should be unannounced.
- Use of both the PA system announcement as well as actual alerts from the alarm system for evacuation drills allow students to become familiar with how both verdinos sound.
- Fire/evacuation drills should be practiced at varying times/days.
- Obstructed/blocked exit fire/evacuation drills should be practiced, requiring staff/students to use secondary exits when primary exits are blocked.
- Off-site evacuation drills should be practiced/simulated to prepare staff and students for additional necessary procedures and loading locations.
- Place a sign on the main entry notifying parents and other visitors that the drill is in progress and that their access if restricted until the drill is over.
- Designate time after the drill for teachers to debrief with students and other staff members, as well as administration.