The fire on January 3, 2013, at Ollie’s, next door to SMS, and the Apple store, sent up columns of smoke that could be seen from all floors at school, and then filled the halls as well. It started around 9:45 a.m. It was scary, but, the students, the teachers and Kaufman Music Center Staff reacted brilliantly, and as they have trained form many, many, years.
Fire safety is just part of the comprehensive safety procedures SMS is constantly working on with the students, the teachers and all the Kaufman Music Center staff. In an Open Safety Meeting on January 7, 2013, Principal Smith reviewed the may processes that are in place, and the systems that are being developed, and soon to be implemented.
The first item discussed was the Visitation Changes. All visitors to SMS will sign in with Officer Goodwine, show the proper identification, then receive a visitor’s pass. They will not be allowed to enter the facility without the pass, and must return the pass upon exiting the building. The second item reviewed was the Key Card System the KMC has installed on all class and music rooms. The system allows all doors to automatically be locked from the front desk. If there is an intruder alert, the KMC front desk can initiate a lock-down. There are two levels of lock-downs: Soft (no identified imminent danger, safety teams sweep halls), and Hard (every door is locked and kids hide in rooms). Phones in every classroom are also equipped with a PA system.
In case there is an evacuation from the building, as there was in January, the teachers are very well trained in this emergency. They grab evacuations folders with attendance sheets, know where to go outside, take attendance outside and account for all students. It is essential that parents, if they are at school when an evacuation occurs, they leave the teachers, and Katie, to do their jobs. Watching out for the students is part of their training, and if a parent assumes that role, and a child goes off with his/her parent, it will cause great confusion and concern for the school. So, please, let the teachers and staff follow their protocols and procedures.
For more information and a review of the protocols, click here for the GRP Summary Sheet (General Response Protocol).