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Children learn important life skills during all of our safety drills which include fire drills, wind drills, and lock-down drills. During the drills children learn to listen carefully, follow directions, keep quiet, and stay away from dangerous situations. We discuss these concepts prior to all of the drills and reinforce that the staff at TCH are all here to ensure everyone’s safety with solid plans in place to do so.

Fire Drills

Five school-wide drills are conducted throughout the year. Each classroom practices the drill on its own before the first school wide drill in the fall. The drill is initiated by a fire alarm which can be heard throughout the entire building. Children exit directly out their classroom doors and proceed to the soccer field. The school alarm automatically notifies an alarm monitor which reports to the Traverse City fire department.

Drill Dates:  September 30, 2014, October 14, 2014, October 20, 2014, April 17, 2015, July 16, 2015, September 25, 2015, October 1, 2015, October 13, 2015, March 23, 2016, April, 29, 2016, August 15, 2016, September 28, 2016, October 6, 2016, October 14, 2016, April 7, 2017, April 18, 2017, July 24, 2017, September 22, 2017, September 28, 2017, October 18, 2017, February 23, 2018, April 26, 2018, July 13, 2018.

Wind Drills

Each classroom reviews procedures semi-annually for protection during wind threats. Several shelters are designated throughout the building and are posted on the wall in each classroom. A weather alert monitor is on stand-by in the office at all times.

Drill Dates:  December 5, 2014, March 13, 2015, April 22, 2015, March 18, 2016 2:30 p.m., April 22, 2016, October 14, 2016, March 10, 2017, July 20, 2017, October 13, 2017, March 23, 2018, June 22, 2018.

Crisis Management Plan and Lock Down Drills

A written crisis management plan outlines the school’s procedures in the event of various situations that could potentially threaten the building or the students and employees. The plan is written in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, Grand Traverse Department of Emergency Services and Traverse City Area Public Schools. Parents may review a copy of the plan upon request.

Drill Dates:  November 21, 2014, January 21, 2015, April 14, 2015, May 4, 2015, October 20, 2015, January 21, 2016. April 7, 2016, November 18, 2016, December 1, 2016, January 10, 2017, November 17, 2017, February 22, 2018, March 23, 2018.

Lock down drills are practiced twice a year with representatives from Homeland Security and Grand Traverse law enforcement. During the drill, the staff and students practice locking the entire building and classrooms and keeping out of sight. The drill is mandated by the State Governor.

Gun Policy

Guns are prohibited in the school or on school premises.

The dates when these drills occur are posted on this page after the drill has taken place. Please contact Colleen Christensen with questions.

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