Twinsburg schools simulate 'crisis' event

TWINSBURG -- The Twinsburg City School District and local emergency agencies held a SIMULATED crisis event involving Twinsburg High School and R.B. Chamberlin Middle School.

It was held Thursday morning.

Access to Twinsburg High School and the surrounding campus was restricted DURING THE SIMULATION.

Before the drill, Superintendent Kathryn Powers said, "This is first time that we have participated in a simulated crisis of this nature. The drill is a coordinated effort with local law enforcement agencies."

"Safety is the top priority for our students and our staff. The Twinsburg City School District adopted A.L.I.C.E. safety procedures and as part of our commitment to safety a District goal regarding this initiative was adopted by the Twinsburg Board of Education this year."

After the drill, Powers told the media that she gave the drill an "A-plus grade."

The SIMULATED crisis drill was organized with the assistance and guidance of the Twinsburg City Police Department, Twinsburg Fire Department, Community Emergency Response Team, and local healthcare providers including the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospital. The drill SIMULATED a realistic and controlled environment that will involve a mock intruder (SHOWN IN THE PHOTO) at Twinsburg High School.

First responders focused on Twinsburg High School. Twinsburg City School District staff members, building principals and administrators observed, with some serving as active participants in the simulated crisis.

The main purpose of the drill was to provide school and emergency personnel the opportunity to test their emergency plans.

"The drill allows local safety departments and the school district to test our plans – see how they work and where adjustments may be needed," said Twinsburg Police Chief Chris Noga. "It is important to run simulations so that everyone involved will be able gauge how the school district and emergency services personnel interact during and after a crisis situation. We hope we never have to implement these plans but we must be ready in the event a crisis occurs in our school district."

After the simulated crisis drill, there was a debriefing where participants made recommendations for their crisis plans.


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