Safety Drills and Exercise Planning

Safety Drills and Exercise Planning
Posted on 08/14/2023

Deming Public Schools would like to remind the community that safety drills are a key component of keeping our students and staff safe. Safety drills provide schools, district, and stakeholders across the community with the opportunity to assess and validate capabilities, shape planning, and address areas for improvement. Through the practice of drills, schools take corrective actions needed to maintain safety readiness.

During the first four weeks of school, several safety drills will be conducted at each school site with additional practice occurring in the spring semester. Drills will include the following: fire, evacuation, active shooter, shelter in place, and lockdown. Per NM State law, each school site must conduct a minimum of 17 drills, 11 of which must be fire drills. More drills may happen at a school site if administration determines more safety practice is needed.

In an event of a safety drill, first responders and local law enforcement may be involved to assist the school in planning and assessing preparedness. When drills occur, all stakeholders will act as if it is not a drill. This assists all stakeholders in maintaining safety readiness.

Parents and guardians will only be informed of a shelter in place, lockdown, and/or evacuation if there is a threat to the school population. Parents and guardians will be informed through our student information system, Infinite Campus, by either an email, text, and/or phone call. As a courtesy, the district will also inform local media and post this information on our website and social media pages.

The district strongly encourages parents and guardians to check that your information is correct in Infinite Campus and that you have not blocked emails from the district and/or the district phone number.

If you have any questions about the districts safety procedures please contact your school site or the district at (575) 546-8841.

PR 2023 Safety Drills and Exercise Planning E & S.pdf