Safety Drills

September 10, 2018


September 7, 2018

To All Parents and Guardians:

Thank you for selecting Kahla MS to provide educational services to your child. We are proud to be able to serve you and your children, and we will continually strive to provide a safe learning environment for them.

The safety of your child and all children in our school as well as the safety of the school staff and support personnel is very important to us. In order to maintain a safe environment for our children to study and learn, it is necessary that we practice our emergency and crisis response plans by having drills designed to exercise our procedures.

We will be conducting various drills throughout the remainder of the school year, and each subsequent school year. This letter is to help you understand the importance of this as well as to understand each type of drill.

The students and staff of Kahla will be practicing 5 primary emergency drills throughout the school year. They are “FIRE DRILLS”; “LOCKDOWN DRILLS”; “LOCKOUT DRILL”; “SHELTER-IN-PLACE DRILLS”, and “EVACUATION DRILLS”. Each type of drill is explained below.

The school will conduct a “fire drill” each month that school is in session. This is a Fire Code requirement as well as a requirement for all Texas public schools. We want each student to understand and be aware of the importance of this drill and not be afraid when the fire alarm is sounded. By practicing they will know what to do and how to do it.

This type of drill will secure the school building and safely shelter all students, staff and visitors inside the building. The purpose of this drill is to keep the students safe from any danger outside or inside the building. During a “lockdown drill” all of the perimeter doors to the school building will be locked and will remain locked until the danger or issue outside or inside the building is removed. To enable everyone to remain safe, no one will be allowed to enter the building or leave the building until the drill is completed.

School lockouts are intended to protect students from danger or threats located outside the building, and as a result, schools may go into a lockout or secure-perimeter scenario if there are crimes in or around the
campus. By requiring children to stay inside the building and to create a secure perimeter, lockouts can help local law enforcement as they seek suspects.

The purpose of this drill is to be prepared to move to a safe location within the building in case of severe weather or harmful chemicals.

During an “Evacuation Drill”, students will be safely escorted along a designated evacuation route to one of our pre-determined evacuation sites.
For the safety of everyone involved and to maintain order, we respectfully ask that you would abide by the following during these drills:

  • Do not come to the school campus

  • Do not call the school offices (as they will be busy with the drill or actual emergency)

  • Do not contact students or staff members via cell phone or social media (as they will be busy with the drill or actual emergency)

  • Avoid social media posts. Correct information will be disseminated through our automated system as soon as possible.

  • Please make sure that your contact information is current at all times so that you can be reached without delay in the event of an emergency.

  • In the event of an actual emergency evacuation, you will receive notification where to pick up your child as soon as practicable.

Please remember that these safety practice drills are done to help maintain our schools as a safe place to learn and work.


Building to be Best,
Virgil Maddox
Principal, Kahla Middle School
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
16212 West Little York
Houston TX 77084

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