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Bernal's Upcoming Run Hide Defend Drill - Tuesday 1/15/19
Posted 1/8/19

In our continued efforts to maintain safety in our schools, students recently participated in our annual Run, Hide, Defend drill here at Bernal. Students will be provided lessons that involve a protocol for responding during an emergency situation and practice opportunities to build barricades. The instruction that students will receive will focus on three options (Run, Hide, Defend) that students and teachers have in the event of an active shooter emergency. The Run, Hide, Defend protocol is recommended by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice, the International Chiefs of Police, the Santa Clara County Police, and others.


Preparing our students for real and present dangers (including fire and earthquake) is part of a fundamental education in the 21st century. Different times, different circumstances, and different dangers require that we prepare students in different ways. It can be difficult to contemplate something bad happening in our schools, but through responsible planning and training, we will be able to respond to a crisis in order to better protect ourselves and those around us. Safety depends on our ability, our determination, and our commitment to make emergency preparedness a top priority.


We encourage you to engage in discussions with your child about school and community safety in an effort to be prepared to act in the event of an emergency.