TLS: A SAFE AND RESPECTFUL PLACE
Safety Drill reports, 2017-2018 school year
- Fire Drill 10/9/17 @ 2:45 p.m. with 150 participants, evacuation time was 1 min. 39 seconds. Drill was conducted by Lisa Singleton, Principal and Ronda Gillett, Asst. Child Care Director.
- Fire Drill 10/3/17 @ 12:10 p.m. with 145 participants, evacuation time was 1 min. 55 sec. Drill was conducted by Principal Lisa Singleton and Asst. Childcare Director Ronda Gillett.
- Lock Down Drill 9/29/17 @ 9:30 a.m. 145 participants, taking 1 min and 50 sec. Drill was conducted by Principal Lisa Singleton and Asst. Childcare Director Ronda Gillett.
- Fire Drill 9/20/17 @ 9:00 a.m. with 146 total participants, evacuation time 1 min, 56 sec.
- Tornado Drill 9/22/17 @ 2:45 p.m. with 145 total participants, evacuation time 1 min, 45 sec.
Tornados and Severe Weather
When the U.S. Weather Bureau announces a tornado “watch” (conditions make it possible), teachers will be notified and all classes will be required to stay inside the building. When a “warning” is announced, (a tornado has been sighted), all classes will be brought into the central hallway and kept there until the warning has expired. During “watches,” school will be dismissed at the regular time; parents may pick up their children early if they desire. In the case of a “warning,” parents or other authorized adults need to come into the building to escort their children out.
As required by Michigan regulations, Trinity conducts periodic school-wide practice drills for responding to fire, tornado warnings or watches, threats external to the building, and threatening individuals within the building. Public safety agencies are informed of these drills and occasionally participate as observers or advisors. Reports of all completed drills are available to view on our school website. (See above)
School lockdowns may occur because of a danger that is outside of the building (for example, a coyote seen running in the area) or one that is inside the building (an armed individual making threats inside the school.) Our lockdown procedures vary, depending on the type and location of the threat. For security purposes, details about those procedures will not be made public, but parents may be assured that the staff is well-trained and the students are well-prepared to respond.
DURING A LOCKDOWN EMERGENCY, PARENTS SHOULD KNOW:
Lockdown practice drills are conducted periodically to ensure staff and student readiness. During these short drills, parents may be denied entry into the building. Thank you for your understanding!
Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse
In support of Trinity’s Purpose to be a “safe and respectful place,” policies and practices designed to protect children from sexual abuse are taken seriously. Any reasonable suspicion of abuse will be reported immediately to Child Protective Services by the staff person who first becomes aware of the suspicion. That staff member must then also report it in writing to the principal or early childhood director.
Criminal background checks are completed for all volunteers and staff members. Anyone with a record or pending charges of a “listed” offense may not participate in school activities placing them in direct contact with children.
Each classroom and office has a window in the door, which must be kept uncovered with a clear view into the room.
Staff and volunteers are not permitted to be alone with a child in an unobserved location.
Student use of the Internet and technologies are strictly regulated and closely monitored.
Background Checks of all Volunteers and Employees
In order to offer the highest level of protection for our students, families, and staff, and in response to regulations regarding school safety, the following procedures will be required: