Emergency Safety Drills
At Commerce Elementary, we have specific plans we follow in case of an emergency. As a staff, we review these procedures and plans at the beginning of the school year and periodically throughout the year. In the case of an emergency, parents are advised to remain calm and await notification via our Skyward text/phone/e-mail communication system. Please make sure your contact information is updated in Skyward and any new phone number or e-mail address changes have been noted. We adhere to emergency drill requirements and practice fire, tornado, and lock down procedures throughout the school year. Below is a chart that indicates which drills have been completed thus far.
|Fire Drill #1 (Fall)||Friday, September 20, 2019||Yes|
|Fire Drill #2 (Fall)||Monday, October 7, 2019||Yes|
|Fire Drill #3 (Fall)||Tuesday, October 29, 2019||Yes|
|Fire Drill #4 (Spring)|
|Fire Drill #5 (Spring)|
|Tornado Drill #1 (March)|
|Tornado Drill #2 (Spring)|
|Lockdown Drll #1 (Fall)||Thursday, September 26, 2019||Yes|
|Lockdown Drill #2 (Winter)|
|Lockdown Drill #3 (Spring)|
In the Walled Lake Consolidated School District, we have several emergency procedures including, but not limited to, severe weather, fire, gas leaks, and lockdowns. Every classroom and office is equipped with an Emergency Management flip book that provides a detailed description of staff responsibilities for each emergency procedure.
One of our emergency procedures is called a "lockdown." This is a term frequently used but there are misconceptions about what it means. The table below shows the difference between day-to-day school security and a lockdown.
|Daily Security Measures||Lockdown Procedure|
Exterior doors are always locked
Main Entry is used for all visitors
Video entry system is used to screen visitors before entrance
All visitors must sign-in in the Main Office
Note: Locked exterior doors occur on a daily basis and are not considered a “lockdown.”
Determined necessary by administrator
Used when an imminent threat is present inside or attempting to gain access inside the building
All students and adults secure themselves inside locked classrooms or offices and wait for first responders
Classroom activities and learning stops, lights off, silent, and students hide in classrooms away from view.
No one is permitted to leave their classroom or office including to use the bathroom or travel between classes.
No one is permitted in or out of the building