Good morning Mayer community,
Each year Oscar Mayer performs several emergency drills to promote safety in the school. I want to assure you that teachers spend time talking with their classes about the importance of understanding and following the procedures when we are practicing emergency drills. This school year we have had two fire drills and yesterday we had our first lockdown drill. We explain these drills by stating that sometimes it is important for us to get out of the building to be safe, and sometimes we need to stay in the building to stay safe.
Yesterday’s lockdown drill went very smoothly. We performed this drill in collaboration with the Chicago Police Department. A signal is given over the loud speaker and all classrooms close and lock doors, pulldown window shades, and sit in a corner of the room as a class. The administrative team along with the police officers walk the building and check all doors, bathrooms and hallways. The Chicago Police Department was very impressed with our school and our procedures. If your child is talking about a lockdown drill, this is what they would be referencing. We were proud of the students and staff on knowing just what to do during this drill.
As a reminder, Oscar Mayer has a dedicated location that the school would evacuate to in the event of an emergency. Should the school ever need to evacuate, all students and faculty would walk to St. Josaphat Church (2311 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60614). Teachers would evacuate with attendance rosters and all students. We would utilize our email list serve and robo call to reach out to parents. On February 8th at 6:00pm Mayer will be sending out a test robo call. If you do not receive this robo call, please email your teacher with your updated phone number. This letter is going home through backpacks as well as an email on February 1st. If you did not receive the email, please update your email information with your teachers.
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.