Nearly 800 people evacuated the school in 2 minutes Friday as the Marian community tested the new fire drill procedures.
With construction on the Military Avenue side of the school, traditional escape paths were re-routed.
New principal, Susie Sullivan, also instituted an accountability procedure so that every student and staff member had a check-in point.
“I am happy to report I received all the attendance sheets and everyone got out of the building,” Sullivan said in an email to the staff after the event.
Seniors reported that the traffic out of the building was more congested than in past years, but that the younger students were intent on evacuating quickly and efficiently. A few teachers noted that the message to be silent and refrain from talking needed to be enforced more consistently with all students. Sullivan even commented that she heard a few “old school”
teacher commands in the evacuation process.
Teachers all left their classrooms with red safety folders and homeroom teachers held up their homeroom identity cards in the upper lot so that students would know where to check in and verify their safety.
Sullivan is seeking feedback from students and staff about locations in the building where traffic seemed to be at a standstill. This drill happened during morning homeroom period, but as Sullivan said, “Keep in mind, depending on the time of day and block, different areas of the building might have an issue with traffic.”
Construction on the Military Avenue side of the school is expected to be complete by November, but it is much better to be safe than sorry. Practice safety drills are expected in the next few weeks for a lockdown and a tornado. Safety procedure posters are located in each classroom by the exits, and all faculty members have reviewed the policies with students.