This morning, Burlington High School conducted a lockdown DRILL. Our new emergency procedures were followed, and I am happy to report that everything went well.
During the lockdown drill, in coordination with the Burlington Police Department, a K9 search of the building and grounds was also conducted. While students were in lockdown, hallways, lockers, common areas, and student parking areas were searched. I am pleased to report that there were no drugs were discovered in the school or on the grounds.
While safety is always paramount, another important goal is to maintain and promote a healthy and drug-free school environment. Burlington High School Administration and the Burlington Police Department hope to send a clear message that drugs are not welcome at Burlington High School. The utilization of this K9 search is one part of a comprehensive plan that the school draws on to educate and discourage students from using illegal drugs.
It is our hope that this initiative encourages students to resist or to discontinue any activity with illegal drugs. Also, these moments are a great opportunities to discuss positive decision making and the serious consequences that making bad choices can have - such as the using of and/or bringing drugs to school.
If you have any questions regarding this drill, or our efforts to keep Burlington High School a drug free learning environment, please do not hesitate to contact me.