Local Law Enforcement will Respond to Fire Alarms

Posted on 03/20/2018
Local Law Enforcement will Respond to Fire Alarms

The local law enforcement agencies that serve and protect the Francis Howell School District (Cottleville, St. Charles City, St. Charles County, and St. Peters) will now be responding to all fire alarms that occur at FHSD schools. This “priority response” means that in addition to the fire department, police officers will also arrive at our schools with lights and sirens activated when the fire alarm has been sounded.

Student and staff safety is always a top priority of FHSD and our local police departments. In the wake of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, some students are worried about evacuating the building when the fire alarm sounds. We must take all alarms seriously, and fire department protocols require all occupants in the school building to leave immediately when the fire alarm is activated. This new practice is intended to increase the safety and reduce the apprehension of our students and staff.      

Every FHSD facility has a comprehensive emergency operations and safety plan. The plans, which are regularly updated, include procedures to respond to a variety of crisis events. Each school in the District annually conducts 17 different safety drills including fire, tornado, earthquake, and three different active shooter drills. The District is aware students are apprehensive about the drills in the wake of Parkland, however, drills will continue through the spring. Collaborative relationships with local law enforcement and fire agencies have been developed, and all safety incidents are debriefed in order to improve emergency responses.

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