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Safe Entry

In matters of safety, making sure the most accessible and visible areas of a school are protected is key. To that end, Canyons Board of Education fast-tracked the timeline to install vestibules in all elementary and middle schools to provide additional security at the schools’ front entrances. The vestibules include an additional set of security doors at front entrances, which funnel visitors to the main office before they can access the rest of the school, and provide a layer of security and opportunity to welcome, orient and provide good customer service to our patrons. Parents and guardians are required to show a picture ID to check students out of class. Visitors who come to the school to volunteer in class also need to show a picture ID, and log in on the computer in the main office.

Emergency Drills

It takes training to hone a school’s response to any given emergency. Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes. It establishes greater predictability and helps all stakeholders — students, emergency responders, teachers and parents — work together in lockstep, because they know what to expect and what’s expected of them. Under normal circumstances, all Canyons District schools practice lockdown and shelter-in-place drills throughout the year, in addition to preparing for a host of other threats, from fires and earthquakes to hazardous materials. Elementary students participate in these exercises at least once a month. Secondary schools hold quarterly drills. This year, due to COVID-19 procedural changes, live drills are suspended through March. In the meantime, Canyons is developing a curriculum to teach students about the drills in the classroom.

Drill Calendar - Elementary Schools

  • August-September – Fire
  • October – Lockdown
  • November – Bomb Threat
  • December – E.S.C.A.P.E. (Active shooter information for employees only)
  • January – Fire
  • February – Shelter-in-Place
  • March – Hazardous Materials
  • April – Earthquake
  • May – Public Health Emergency (information for employees only)

Drill Calendar - Middle and High Schools

  • August-September – Fire
  • November – Locakdown and Shelter-in-place
  • January – Fire
  • April – Earthquake

In an Emergency, Say it Twice

  • If there's... Then say this...
  • Non-immediate Threat Outside Shelter-in-Place! Secure the Perimeter
  • Immediate Threat Inside Lockdown! Locks, Lights, Out of Sight!
  • Bomb Evacuate to (location), Shelter for Bomb!
  • Earthquake Shelter for Earthquake!
  • Fire, Carbon Monoxide Evacuate to (location)
  • Hazmat Shelter for Hamat! Seal Your Rooms
  • Active Shooter Lockdown! Locks, Lights, Out of Sight!
  • Infectious Disease Report, Document, Protect Privacy
Locks, Lights, Out of Sight!

Students are trained to:

  • Move away from sight
  • Maintain silence

Staff are trained to:

  • Swipe card to lock perimeter doors
  • Lock interior doors
  • Lights out
  • Move away from sight
  • Maintain silence
  • Do not open the door
  • Prepare to evade or defend
Secure the Perimeter

Students are trained to:

  • Return to inside of building
  • Do business as usual

Staff are trained to:

  • Swipe card to lock perimeter doors
  • Increased situational awareness
  • Take roll, account for students
  • Do business as usual
Evacuate To Announced Location

Students are trained to:

  • Leave stuff behind
  • Bring their phone
  • Follow instructions

Staff are trained to:

  • Grab roll sheet if possible
  • Lead evacuation to location
  • take roll
  • Report problems to Team Leaders
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