Pupils and staff at Balshaw's CE High School in Leyland were put on lockdown following a threat. But what is a school lockdown and what can parents do during one?
What is a lockdown?
A lockdown is a precautionary measure in response to a threat directly to the school or in the surrounding community.
Why would a school be put on lockdown?
Lockdown procedures may be activated in response to any number of situations which could pose a risk to the staff, pupil and visitors to the school and could include:
A reported incident or civil disturbance in the local community;
An intruder on the school site;
A warning being received regarding a nearby air pollution risk (smoke plume, gas cloud, etc.);
A major fire in the vicinity of the school;
A dangerous animal (e.g. large dog) roaming loose near/on the school grounds.
What happens during a lockdown?
A lockdown signal is sounded.
All school activities are moved indoors. (staff should not leave classrooms to find out what is going on if already indoors)
All entrance points should be secured - ie doors and windows.
No one is allowed to enter or exit the building.
Access points should be blocked (e.g. move furniture to obstruct doorways)
All pupils and staff:
Sit on the floor, under tables or against a wall
Keep out of sight
Draw curtains / blinds
Turn off lights
Stay away from windows and doors.
Remain inside until an all-clear has been given, or unless told to evacuate
Can I come to the school and take my child home?
During a lockdown, your child’s school is a secure area. School officials and law enforcement are working together to keep everyone safe, and no one is allowed to enter or exit the school.
To ensure everyone’s safety we ask that parents please refrain from coming to school campuses during a lockdown. Once the all-clear is given, students and staff will be permitted to enter or exit the school again.