Lockdown Drill

The safety of our students is always a high priority for us at Janney. One of the best ways to ensure a safe school environment is to practice our emergency drills and procedures. District of Columbia law requires our school to conduct several drills throughout the school year and every school in DCPS is required to complete two lockdown drills per year. 

A lockdown is used to secure our school building and campus during incidents that pose an immediate threat of violence in and around the school. Teachers and staff quickly clear hallways and lock or secure classroom doors. Additionally, no one is allowed to enter or exit the building. Parents and/or guardians will not be permitted to enter and should not come to the school during a lockdown. 

Parents have the choice to opt their Pre-K student(s) out of the lockdown drill. To do so, Pre-K students that are not participating in the drill should arrive to Janney beginning at 10:00am on the day lockdown drills are scheduled to take place.

We are sharing the information in advance, so families will not be alarmed if they hear about the drill from their child. We encourage you to talk to your child about the exercise and reassure them that this is being done to help keep them safe and that they should not be scared or stressed about practicing these emergency procedures. We hope there will never be a time when we must face an actual emergency; however, by practicing drills, we prepare our students and staff to remain calm and take proper action if an emergency arises. Our team will share developmentally appropriate materials with students before the drill and work to ensure all students feel safe and supported.

Please call the school office or reach out to DSL Barnhart or Principal Singh with questions.