Report by Paula Antolini
March 26, 2018 11:13AM EDT
BHS Safety Drill Today Included a Fire Drill to Practice Emergency Evacuation; Bethel PD K-9 Units Participated
March 26, 2018
Message from Bethel High School:
Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,
We are writing this letter to inform you that on Monday, March 26, 2018 at approximately 9:00 a.m. Bethel High School participated in a safety drill. The school activated a fire drill to practice an emergency evacuation. While students and staff were outside the building, we invited K-9 units from the Bethel Police Department and the surrounding towns to enter the building.
Bethel Board of Education Policy #5145.12b states, “When necessary to protect the health and safety of students, employees or property, and for the purpose of detecting the presence of illegal substances or contraband, including alcohol and/or drugs, the Board shall permit the administration to invite law enforcement agencies or other qualified agencies or individuals to search school property with specially trained dogs.” During the fire drill, the K-9 units entered empty classrooms. Since all students and staff members were outside, the dogs did not approach individual students. Similar to other area schools, Bethel High School employed the use of the specially trained K-9 units to uphold our commitment to a safe and drug-free school.
We would like to thank the entire school community for their partnership and assistance in this drill. All students and staff members followed the protocol in a calm and efficient manner. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the BHS administrative team.
Christopher M. Troett, Principal
Gary M. Lawlor, Associate Principal
Mari Lerz, Assistant Principal