FAIRFIELD — Officers have been preparing for an event “we hope we never have to face,” Fairfield Police Chief Walt Tibbet says.
The Police Department, working with the Fairfield-Suisun School District, updated its program to address an active threat at a school site. The plan will be formally introduced at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year through community meetings.
Tibbet and Kris Corey, superintendent of the Fairfield-Suisun School District, discuss in a video posted Thursday the role parents can play during such a crisis.
“Fairfield-Suisun is a very safe school district,” Corey said during the video.
She notes that in a crisis, parents have a very important role. Tibbet adds: “We need our parents as partners.”
Schools have set specific safety areas near campuses for children and parents to rendezvous if an active threat takes place.
Trying to enter the school site can obstruct emergency personnel, the police chief said, and life-saving resources shouldn’t be used to redirect parents or onlookers.
Communicate with children before an emergency about meeting at the designated safety area, Tibbet said, and if a crisis occurs, parents should try to keep children as calm as possible.
The nearly four-minute-long video can be viewed at the school district website: www.fsusd.org.
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