Hello Candalaria Families!

The safety and security of our students and staff is a top priority for Salem Keizer Public Schools. In the coming days we will be performing a fire drill and a lockdown drill. These drills are to practice a number of measures that ensure our school remains a safe place for our students and staff.

During a lockdown drill, students remain in the classroom, regular activity stops, all doors are secured and the students remain inside the room until instructed to return to regular activities. All exterior doors are locked as well and no one is permitted to enter or leave the building. Students are kept inside the school and classrooms when circumstances make it safer to stay in the classroom rather than evacuate.

During a fire drill, students exit the building with teachers and go to our designated safe spot in the field. Students will hear the fire alarm during this drill.

We prepare our students to properly respond to these drills so they are knowledgeable of the proper responses in the event of actual emergencies.

Please be assured that staff at our school will spend time discussing the importance of the drills and procedures with students prior to running a drill. We will also take time after the drill to remind them that it was only a practice and there was no danger.

We kindly ask that you take the time to speak with your child about these safety procedures and reinforce their importance. We practice these drills to ensure our school remains a safe place for teaching, learning, and having fun.

Please contact the school if you have any questions about the drills mentioned. Thank you for your attention to this matter.