Blue Hill Schools are implementing new protocol to keep the school safe. These changes are happening throughout the state of Nebraska for consistency in procedures should an emergency situation arise.
The school canceled classes on Wednesday, November 22nd to train the staff and on Friday, December 1st, committee members (Mrs. Brown, Mr. Muth, and Mr. Moore) presented students with new safety procedures.
This new program came about after a dad lost his daughter in a school shooting. The program got the name “I love you guys,” because that was the last text she sent before being killed. The dad, a graphic designer, created graphics for schools to post.
Some of the new procedures include students going out back of the school for fire drills, instead of the front. Another new safety procedure is locking all doors in the school, including classroom doors. Every teacher’s room must be locked, and to get into the classroom you must knock. If a shooter were to come into the building, students would be safer, as he/she would not be able to easily enter the classrooms.
Another new rule is if anyone is in the hallway when a shooter enters the building, teachers are not allowed to let them into the classroom. It is a safety rule in case the student would happen to be the shooter or if the shooter is close enough to follow into the classroom. In the past, students and staff have been trained to stay in the classroom at all times, but the new procedures tell them to run awa
y if possible if a school is on lockdown.
Other changes include verbiage used to communicate procedures and numbers posted in all classroom windows to help emergency vehicles find students. Posters around the building show different procedures for various threats and students and staff members will continuously practice and train on what each of these mean.
Students are being taught what to do in different situations. These new rules will help keep students safe at anytime something tragic happens.