Seward Emergency Drills

Seward is required by the Minnesota Department of Education to schedule regular safety drills throughout the school year.  The four different drills practiced are fire, tornado, lockdown, and evacuation.

Fire Drills
In order to assure the safety of our students, the Minnesota Department of Education requires 5 fire drills throughout the school year.  When the fire alarm sounds, students and staff leave the building in a quiet, orderly manner.  Teachers take their Emergency Grab and Go backpacks.  

Tornado Drills
One tornado drill is held in the spring to coordinate with the Statewide Tornado Drill Day.  Students are moved to a designated safe area free of potentially falling debris.

Lockdown Drills
The lockdown drill is a “code yellow” and/or a “code red".  A code yellow is an external lockdown (awareness of events in the area).  A code red is a full school internal and external lockdown.  The goal is to maintain a safe environment for all our students and staff.

Evacuation Drill
When we practice an evacuation, we exit to the playground.  In the event of a true evacuation, all students, staff, and visitors would evacuate to our primary evacuation site:  Anne Sullivan, located 3100  East 28th Street.  There would be a formal system in place for parents to be united with their children.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation to ensure the safety of our students.