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Safety Drills

Safety Drills

Schools train and drill all staff and students in the General Response Protocol, which describes what to do in an Evacuation, Shelter-In, or Lockdown. The training is tailored for different grade levels so that students aren’t upset by the information.



Soft Lockdown: No Imminent Danger

Administrative teams, Building Response Teams, and School Safety Agents will meet at the designated command post for further direction.


Hard Lockdown: Imminent Danger

No one should sweep the school in a hard lockdown. All individuals, including School Safety Agents will take appropriate lockdown action and await the arrival of first responders.




  • Often, the fire alarm system alerts staff and students to start an evacuation.
  • However, there may also be times when a Public Address announcement starts an evacuation.


  • Students are trained to:
    • Remain inside the building
    • Conduct business as usual
    • Respond to specific staff directions
  • Teachers are trained to:
    • Be more aware of their surroundings
    • Conduct business as usual
For more information, please visit the NYC DOE website.