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Emergency Drills

All K-12 schools are required by state statute to conduct 5 fire drills, 5 lockdown drills and 1 tornado drill during the regular school year. The reason we conduct emergency drills is to ensure that during a real incident students and staff will be able prepared to respond automatically, to identify and mitigate procedural issues gaps and test alarm systems.

Fire Drills: In order to assure the safety of our students, 5 fire drills are held throughout the year. When the fire alarm sounds, the students and staff leave the building in a quiet, orderly fashion. Teachers take their Emergency Grab and Go backpacks. 

Lockdown Drills: Barton practices lockdown drills during the school year. The lockdown drill could be a “code yellow” or a “code red”.  A code yellow drill is an external lockdown.  A code red is a full school internal and external lockdown. The goal is to maintain a safe environment for all our students.

Tornado Drills: One tornado drill is held in the spring to coordinate with the Statewide Tornado Drill Day. Students get in a crouched position in a designated safe area free of potentially falling debris and glass.