Welcome to Woodland Public Schools' Safety Corner!

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The health and safety of our students and staff are our top priority at Woodland Public Schools. On this webpage, you will find news and updates related to school safety including school drills, changes or modifications to our facilities, and more.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Director of Safety and Facilities, Scott Landrigan, via email at landrigs@woodlandschools.org.


Recent Safety Drills

June 9, 2021: Yale Elementary held a Lockout Drill
June 8, 2021:
Columbia Elementary held a Fire Drill
May 18, 2021: Columbia Elementary held a Lockout Drill
May 14, 2021:
Yale Elementary held a Lockdown Drill
May 13, 2021:
Woodland High School held a Lockdown Drill
April 30, 2021:
Columbia Elementary held an Earthquake Drill
April 27, 2021: Yale Elementary held a Fire Drill
April 21-22, 2021:
Woodland High School held Fire Drills (held on two days to accommodate both cohorts)
April 13, 2021: Columbia Elementary held a Lockdown Drill
March 16, 2021: Columbia Elementary held a Fire Drill

What happens during each of our different drills?

Fire / Evacuate

A Fire or Evacuate situation is called when there is a need to move students from one location to another. Each classroom teacher will initiate their class's evacuation typically, however, during a police-led evacuation, students may be instructed to form a single-file line and holds hands front and back.

In certain circumstances, students and staff may be asked to put their hands on their heads while evacuating. Other directions may also be given during an evacuation, so students and staff should be prepared to follow specific instructions given by staff and/or first responders.


A Lockdown situation is called when there is a threat or hazard inside a school building. These can range from parental custody disputes to intruders within the physical boundary of the school. Lockdown uses the individual classrooms' security to protect students and staff from the threat.

During Lockdown, all individual classroom doors and other access points with occupants moving out of line-of-sight of corridor windows as well as maintaining silence. Teacher and student training reinforces the practice of not opening any classroom doors during a Lockdown and no indication of room occupancy should be revealed until first responders open the door.


A Lockout situation is called when there is a threat or hazard outside a school building. These can include violence, criminal activity in the immediate neighborhood, or a dangerous animal on school grounds. Lockouts use the physical buildings as protection. During a Lockout, students are brought inside the building and all outside access points are secured and locked.

Classes typically held outside, such as gym class, would return inside and, if possible, continue inside the building. In circumstances such as the end of class day where students would leave the building, this may be prevented. Students and parents may be inconvenienced by Lockout Protocols, however everyone's cooperation is important to ensure safety.


A Shelter situation is called when the need for personal protection is necessary such as spontaneous events including tornado, earthquake or a hazardous materials spill (also referred to as "hazmat"). Depending on the threat, students and staff may evacuate to a shelter area or seal a classroom.

They may also drop to the ground, find cover, and hold their heads. Alternatively, certain threats require staff and students to find high ground. A Shelter Alert is typically called by the building secretary, but may also be called by students, teachers, or first responders.


We welcome suggestions for improvement!

If there is additional information you would like to see on the Safety Corner website, please email your suggestion to our Communication Manager, Eric Jacobson, at jacobsoe@woodlandschools.org.