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A Special Note from Mr. Cadotte
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 9:15 AM

Dear Families,

The safety of your child and all children in our school, as well as the safety of the staff, are very important to me.  In order to maintain a safe environment for our children to learn, it is necessary that we practice our emergency and crisis response plans. We have been conducting various drills this school year.  I want to help you understand the importance of this as well as to understand each type of drill.

The students and staff of Burroughs and other Minneapolis Public Schools will be practicing four primary emergency drills each year.  All three drills are required by state law and are described below.

The school will conduct a mandatory Fire Drill five times each school year.  This is a Fire Code requirement as well as a requirement by Minneapolis Public Schools.  We want each student to understand and be aware of the importance of this drill and not be afraid when the fire alarm is sounded.  By practicing, they will know what to do and how to do it. We have had three practices so far.

The school will conduct a mandatory Lockdown Drill five times each school year.  This type of drill will secure the school building and safely shelter all students, staff, and visitors inside the building.  The purpose of this drill is to keep the students safe from any danger outside or inside the building.  During a Lockdown Drill, all of the outside doors to the school building will be locked and will remain locked until the danger or issue outside or inside the building is resolved.  To enable everyone to remain safe, no one will be allowed to enter the building or leave the building until the authorities issue a release. We have had three practices so far.

SHELTER-IN-PLACE DRILLS (tornado drills)
The Shelter-in-Place Drill will be conducted once each school year.  The purpose of this drill is to be prepared to move to a safe location within the building in case of severe weather, tornados or hazardous conditions due to a chemical leak outside of the building. We practiced this on April 14th during 'Severe Weather Awareness Week'.

Please remember that these safety practice drills are done to help maintain Burroughs as a safe place to learn and work.

Thanks so much,

Tim Cadotte
Burroughs Community School