Lockdown drills can pose health hazards, says Dennis Lewis, president of Edu-Safe, a safety training firm.
Lewis, who spent 17 years as the public safety director for Springfield Public Schools in Missouri, shares the following best practices:
Connect instruction to safety. Rigid, step-by-step drills don’t encourage critical thinking, discussion or variations. Educators can develop lessons that, for example, encourage students to think about wider safety issues and teamwork.