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Safety 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 and managed by the Director of Operations 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.

Students 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. A list of completed drills are posted on the school’s website.

Fire Drills

Six school-wide fire drills are conducted throughout the year. The drill is initiated by a fire alarm which can be heard throughout the entire building. Children exit directly out of their classroom doors and proceed to the soccer field where attendance is taken. The school alarm automatically notifies an alarm monitor company which reports to the Traverse City fire department.

Drill Dates:  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, September 20, 2018, September 25, 2018, October 5, 2018, December 7, 2018, February 22, 2019, May 7, 2019, July 11, 2019, September 19, 2019, October 2, 2019, October 9, 2019.

Wind Drills

Wind drills are practiced three times a year as students practice procedures for protection during wind threats. Several wind 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:  March 10, 2017, July 20, 2017, October 13, 2017, March 23, 2018, June 22, 2018, March 22, 2019, April 23, 2019, June 28, 2019. 

Lock Down Drills

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.

Drill Dates:  January 10, 2017, November 17, 2017, February 22, 2018, March 23, 2018 October 9, 2018, November 19, 2018, February 6, 2019.

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.