April 13th, 2018
Lockout Update for Aquinas/St. Mary’s Catholic Schools
Today we received a call from the sheriff’s department advising the schools to go into a lockout due to a situation in the community. A lockout means that no one enters or leaves the building until further notice but classes and activities in the building continue as normal. Approximately 15 minutes after the initial notification, the sheriff’s department called again to share that the situation had been handled and we could go back to business as usual. There was no direct threat against the schools, but we took precautions and followed the directions of the authorities.
Fortunately this situation was resolved quickly, and we were able to use this situation as a learning experience. At Aquinas, students and staff were accidentally informed to go into lockdown. While this momentarily disrupted classrooms, the situation was quickly resolved and staff and students followed the lockout procedures. While we apologize for any unrest caused by the lockdown announcement, students and staff did follow the proper protocol of the lockdown training before moving to the lockout protocol. As part of our debriefing process, we have asked teachers to contact the Response Team with any questions, concerns or needed clarifications so we can continue to be prepared. Part of our learning also involves communication as St. Mary’s was not informed of the lockout. We will continue to work with the sheriff’s department on how information is shared to the schools. We pray that while we continue to train and practice ways to keep our students and staff safe, our hope is that our preparations are not needed to be implemented. Let us pray that as a nation we continue to work for ways to promote peace.