Director: Rebecca Marzeski
Secretary: Alesha Smith
Web Master:  Jean Kosina
220 Henry Street Herkimer, NY 13350
Phone: (315) 866-4831 Fax: (315) 866-9043
Email: stfranciseclc@gmail.com

School Safety and Emergency Drills

The school will conduct fire (evacuation) drills and lockdown drills as required by education law and regulation and the fire code without exceptions. The school must continue to conduct mandatory fire and lockdown drills according to the existing statutory schedule. Drills will be conducted in a manner that maintains social distancing at exits and gathering points outside the building, while still preparing students to respond in emergencies. 

  • Fire Code Section 404 requires that schools maintain Fire Safety, Evacuation, and Lockdown Plans and these plans include how lockdown and evacuation drills are conducted. Methods to promote and provide for social distancing during the evacuation drills are ultimately the district’s or other applicable school’s decision and responsibility. Those changes must be included in the Fire Safety plans.

    • Each classroom wil have a rope with a six foot pool noodle thread on the rope.  In between will be tape with each child’s name.

    • Children will be trained to hold their taped spot with their left hand while holding the railing with their right hand while going downstairs.

    • Each teacher will have an extra mask.

  • Education Law § 807 requires that schools conduct eight (8) evacuation and four (4) lockdown drills each school year. When planning drills, consideration should be given to how a school may modify their drill procedures to minimize risk of spreading infection. Conducting drills is an important part of keeping students and staff safe in an emergency; however, steps should be taken to minimize the risk of spreading infection while conducting drills. As such, it may be necessary for schools to conduct drills in the school year using protocols that are different than they are used to.

  • Regardless of the modification used when conducting a drill, students will be instructed that if it was an actual emergency that required evacuation or lockdown, the most imminent concern is to get to safety; maintaining social distancing in an actual emergency that requires evacuation or lockdown may not be possible and should not be the first priority.

The school modifications to evacuation drill protocols may include, but are not limited to:

  • We will be conducting drills on a “staggered” schedule, where classrooms evacuate separately rather than all at once, and appropriate distance is kept between students to the evacuation site. Staggering by the classroom, minimizes contact of students in hallways, stairwells, and at the evacuation site. If conducting drills using a modified procedure, it is required that the drill be conducted with all students in the school building on that school day, it may be necessary to do so during a class period that is extended for this purpose.

  • If our school must move to a“hybrid” in-person model, our school will be certain that all students receive instruction in emergency procedures, and participate in drills while they are in attendance in-person.

Fire Drill Procedure 

  • When the fire alarm rings, students will move to their section of the rope with 6’ pool noodles and hold their section with their left hand.

  • Once all students are holding on, students will follow the teacher out the door and along their designated route to safety.

  • Pre-K 3’s will line up on the Henry St. sidewalk walking to the corner of Henry/Bellinger Ave.

  • First grade will line-up in the middle of the parking lot near Bellinger St.

  • Pre-K 4’s will line up on the side of the church on Bellinger Ave.  

  • All teachers will show green card if all students are accounted for and red card if someone is missing.

Below is a map of fire drill line-up outside our school.

Parking Lot


                                              Henry Street


                                                                                                                       Pre-K 3’s

          First

Kindergarten                

Bellinger Street

Pre-K 4’s

Lockdown procedure:

Faculty and staff will do the following if a lockdown is ordered:

  • Lock all doors and windows immediately.  If a door can’t be locked, attempt to quickly block the door with heavy items.

  • Never open doors or windows unless ordered to do so by a safety or school official.  Always ask for documentation from an official to confirm their identity.

  • Turn off all lights, and close the blinds or curtains.

  • Instruct all students to stay low under a desk or table -socially distanced and away from windows and doors.

  • Keep students inside of the classroom.

  • Silence televisions, cell phones and other electronics.

  • Clear hallways, bathrooms and any area or room that cannot be thoroughly secured.

  • Account for every student in the room.

  • Assist those with special needs.

  • Remain indoors and under lockdown until you receive on “all clear” from an authorized person.

  • Alert a faculty member or staff if you know that someone is simply pulling a prank.

  • Remain quiet, still, calm and alert.

  • Follow all instructions.

  • Only use cellular devices if it is an emergency or if instructed to do so.

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