Welcome to Woodland Public Schools' Safety Corner!

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 9, 2022

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.


2022-2023 Safety Drills

November 9, 2022: Columbia Elementary School held a Lockdown Drill.
October 18, 2022:
North Fork Elementary School held a Fire Drill.
October 6, 2022:
Yale Elementary School held a Fire Drill.
September 16, 2022:
Woodland Middle School held a Fire Drill.
September 16, 2022:
Columbia Elementary School held a Fire Drill.
September 15, 2022:
North Fork Elementary School held a Fire Drill.
September 1, 2022:
Woodland High School held an Evacuation 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.


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