10 October 2018
Happy 80 degree day here in October! I’m typing this as I watch students outside my window enjoying a sunny half day afternoon. Good for them.
I’m writing to let you know we will be having an active shooter training with the students and faculty next Wednesday, October 17th in the morning. We will again be working in conjunction with the Wellesley Police Department and we will be watching a training video (the same one we created here last year with the assistance of our Drama Department and Wellesley Cable). The 9th graders will be watching the video in the auditorium with WPD, their advisors, and administration present. We feel watching this as a group with all our support is a good way for kids to see the film for the first time. Transfer students are also welcome. The other three grades will be watching in their advisories.
After watching the video the students will move to their tan block class or free block and wait for the training announcement from me. At that time they will follow the directions given by teachers and from the training video. Some students will lock down and others will evacuate. After a few minutes, I will again go on the announcements so students and staff still in the building can then evacuate.
Once the evacuation is complete, students and staff will return to the building and go to their advisories. In advisories, they will have the opportunity to ask questions and make observations. Advisors will collect any information they think the administration should have so we can discuss it as part of our regular crisis team meetings.
Any students who are in school and do not want to participate in the drill, for whatever reason, will be allowed to meet with a representative of the guidance department at the front doors. The counselor will then take kids for a walk away from the building and return when the students are ready. Families can also make the decision to keep their students home and should follow the absence protocol. The absence will not be held against the student. The schedule for the day is included below.
We will have a less formal training again in the spring. That training will be in the form of a discussion in advisory. This will be our annual process moving forward.
I want to thank the Wellesley Police Department, specifically Sgt. Brian Spencer and School Resource Officer Evan Rosenberg for all their work helping us to craft this. This strong partnership is helpful on many levels.
Finally, I want to end with writing that I continue to believe Wellesley High School is a safe place. We do our best to know and support all our students since we believe that is the most important factor in ensuring student safety. As we remind the students all the time, please never worry alone.
Schedule for October 17, 2018
Block 1 7:30 – 7:55 AM
Block 2 8:00 – 8:24 AM Green
Block 3 8:29 – 8:53 AM Orange
Block 4 8:58 – 9:22 AM Tan
Block 5 9:27 – 9:51 AM Purple
Block 6 9:56 – 10:20 AM Blue Senior class meeting in auditorium at 10:10 AM
Advisory 10:25 – 10:35 AM
Return to Tan block 10:40 AM – drill
Advisory 11:10 – 11:30 AM Open Session
Armed Assailant Training
•Freshman in the auditorium to view video and have a conversation with Officer Rosenberg and Sargent Spencer
•Sophomores, juniors and seniors in advisory to view video and have a conversation on the drill (leaving the backpacks in advisory)
Students return to Tan block for the evacuation drill. Teachers have a conversation about options to either evacuate or stay in place.
10:50 AM Dr. Chisum announces the drill, teachers evacuate or stay in place
10:55 AM Dr. Chisum asks remaining teachers and students to evacuate
11:10 AM Students return to the building and go directly to their advisory
Using the notecards, advisors ask their students:
1. How was this experience different from last year’s?
2. How did today’s drill make them feel?
3. Did they have any questions or concerns?
4. Advisors will review the cards and share the responses in advisory Thursday.