The safety and security of our students and staff is a top priority for the West Platte School District and the West Platte Board of Education. We have been implementing a number of measures as part of a comprehensive plan aimed at ensuring our school remains a safe place for our students to learn.
One of the procedures our high school practiced today is a lockdown drill. During a lockdown drill, classroom doors are secured and the students remain inside the room until instructed by the teacher to resume their activities. All exterior doors are locked and no one is permitted to enter or leave the building.
Students are kept inside the school and classrooms when circumstances make it safer to stay in the classroom rather than evacuate. Just as we prepare our students to properly respond to a fire or tornado drill, they also need to be aware of the proper response during a lockdown drill. These drills should be treated with the same level of importance as other safety drills. At 10:00 AM today, West Platte High School practiced the lockdown drill and all students and staff responded appropriately and precisely.
Further, at approximately 11:30 AM today, both schools went in to a modified lockdown situation, due to suspicious activity within Platte County. This situation was not student or staff related, rather, an isolated incident within our community that we felt the need to go in to a modified lockdown, where student activities continued within the building, but access to the building was completely secured. In working with local law enforcement, they assured us the community situation presented no threat to our school community and the modified lockdown was lifted at approximately 11:45 AM.
Please take the time to speak with your son/daughter about this procedure and reinforce its importance. We practice these drills to ensure our school remains a safe place for teaching and learning. Please contact your child's principal if you have any questions about lockdown drills.