Enhancing Safety at Blackburn Central High School

07/11/2019

News students 2019

Safeguarding all students is our highest priority, as part of this process, we will practice a procedure called “lockdown”.

A lockdown procedure is a recognised and sensible response to any external or internal incident which has the potential to pose a threat to the safety of students and staff in school. Our practice aims to minimise disruption whilst ensuring the safety of all.

Lockdown procedures may be activated in response to any number of situations, but some of the more typical threats might be:

  • A reported incident/civil disturbance in the community, that poses a potential risk to staff and students.
  • An intruder on the school site who poses a potential risk to students and staff.
  • A warning regarding a local risk of air pollution (smoke plume, gas cloud etc.).
  • A major fire in the vicinity of school.

In the event of a full lockdown parents and carers will be informed via text or email as soon as possible. After a partial lockdown parents and carers will be informed via text, email or our website.

In the unlikely event of a lockdown parents and carers should follow this guidance:

  • Do not contact school, this could tie up telephone lines needed for contacting the emergency services.
  • Do not come to the school, this could interfere with emergency services access to the school and may even put yourself or others in danger.
  • Wait for us to contact you about when it is safe to collect your child, and where this will be from. Should a lockdown continue beyond 2:50pm, details will be communicated via, text, email or our website.
  • When the school is in a full lockdown situation, the switchboard and entrances will be unmanned, external doors locked and nobody allowed in or out with the exception of the emergency services. This is in order to keep students and staff safe.
  • Students are discouraged from using their mobile phones during any lockdown as this can often lead to distress and confusion over the situation, so do not be alarmed if your child does not answer their phone.
  • Please do not discuss any lockdown event on social media, as this may spread false information and cause unnecessary panic.

Prior to our practice drill, staff will take time to talk to students about the lockdown procedure and explain why it is important. They will reassure students during and after the drill that they are safe, and will emphasise that practising procedures like this will make sure the school remains a safe place to learn.

I must stress again this is simply a practice, so that in the very unlikely event of such a situation, our students and staff are fully prepared. If you or your child have any questions, please contact your child’s progress coordinator.

Yours faithfully
Mrs D Atkinson
Headteacher

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