• In the summer of 2018, the General Assembly passed Act 44 of 2018. This act addressed many topics relating to safety and security in schools. For years, monthly fire drills had been the only drill required to be done by law. Act 44 of 2018 now requires that all schools conduct an additional security drill within the first 90 days of each school year. 

    At ELCO, all of our staff and students are trained in Run, Hide, Fight. Run, Hide, Fight is a nationally recognized model for responding to violent intruders in a school setting. Within the first 90 days of each school year, all of our school buildings conduct a low-impact, age-appropriate drill that provides our students and staff an opportunity to become more familiar with Run, Hide, Fight.

    Important Information Regarding Run, Hide, Fight Drills:

    • Parents/Guardians will be notified prior to a drill that involves the Run, Hide, Fight concepts. Notification is typically sent on a weekend and will state that a drill will be conducted at some point that week, but we do not provide a specific date or time.
    • Student training is age appropriate. Training for older students includes practicing the run and hide portion of Run, Hide, Fight.
    • In all schools, it is clearly announced at the beginning of the drill that it is only a drill that is being conducted.
    • Following the drill, parents will receive an informational email from their building principal to notify them that the drill was conducted.  

    The goal of any drill is to improve our ability to protect students. The drills allow us to evaluate our emergency preparedness plans and improve our response skills. If you have any questions, please contact your building principal or Mr. Craig Soden, Safety and Security Coordinator, at csoden@elcosd.org or 717-866-7447.

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