Monday is going to be interesting!
First, our annual Penny War is starting with all proceeds going to Shop With A Cop.
Second, the Newaygo County Emergency Response Team is going to be doing a training with our staff on Monday after school. Only the entrance and academic centers will be used. There will be many emergency vehicles in the parking lot. The exercise will involve a staged active shooter (police officer portraying that role) looking for a specific target. The CERT will receive the call and report in full gear. All weapons will be loaded with blanks. There will be simulated gunfire. The exercise is to allow our teachers to hear and understand what gunfire sounds like from in their classes so they can respond rapidly. Reaction time is critical to saving lives. The Las Vegas event gives us the best demonstration of why we need to recognize sounds. I haven't seen any reports but from my rough guess, that shooter was able to get off at least 90 rounds before anybody questioned the sound of gunfire. In addition to the audio experience, it also allows the staff to learn from the experts and allows the experts to learn our building.
We are asking that all students vacate the entrance and academic areas from 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm. Any student in the vicinity will be treated as a victim and not allowed to leave until the debriefing is complete. There will be many announcements informing the students. Practice schedules will occur normally. All athletes will enter from the west side of the building until 4:00 pm.
It's A Great Day To Be A Packer!
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