Lockdown/Lockout FAQs

Many of us are slowly getting back into the routine of school with the passing of each day; however, we are constantly reminded that no two school days are exactly alike. In our uncertain world, there may be times when situations compromise the safety of our students and staff members. That’s when our systematic training and practice proves invaluable.

Emergencies come in different shapes and sizes — some big, some not so big. We prepare for them all! For example, schools are required by law to hold a fire drill every month. We also train for weather emergencies. However, you won’t necessarily receive messages from us about those exercises.

Each of our schools must develop and maintain a unique, confidential, state-mandated crisis plan. These plans are annually updated with guidance from district staff members, as well as officials who work in emergency management but not limited to law enforcement, medical personnel, fire crews and first responders. Crisis plans cover a variety of emergency situations and act as playbooks for administrators, teachers and emergency responders.

In the event of an incident at one of our schools, even in the vicinity, law enforcement may recommend the school/s go into a Lockout or Lockdown depending on the nature of the incident. This means that any access to the school/s will be monitored or prohibited and students/staff are required to remain inside the building. During a Lockout or Lockdown, it is unlikely that you will be able to contact anyone through the school/s front office. Schools are not allowed to communicate directly with parents during a Lockout or Lockdown situation but will provide communication following the incident.

The attached Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document was prepared by district officials to provide answers to many questions about Lockout and Lockdown procedures. Please click the link below for more information.

FAQ Document




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Bennington Elementary · 11620 North 156th Street · PO Box 309 · 402­-238­-2690
Bennington High School · 16610 Bennington Road · PO Box 309 · 402­-238­-2447
Bennington Middle School · 11201 N. 168th Street ·PO Box 309 · 402­-238­-3082
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