The safety and welfare of our students and staff are our highest priority. 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. In order to maintain a safe environment for our students, it is necessary that we practice our emergency and crisis response plans by having drills designed to exercise our procedures. Drills allow us to evaluate our emergency operations plan and improve our response skills. We will be conducting various drills throughout the school year. These drills will include:
“Fire drills” G.S. 115C-228 (d) requires each principal "to conduct a fire drill during the first week after the opening of school and thereafter at least one fire drill each school month, in each building in his charge, where children are assembled." 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.
"Lockdown drill" as defined in 10A NCAC 09 .0102 means an emergency safety procedure in which occupants of the facility remain in a locked indoor space and is used when emergency personnel or law enforcement determine a dangerous person is in the vicinity.
"Shelter-in-Place drill" as defined in 10A NCAC 09 .0102 means staying in place to take shelter rather than evacuating. It involves selecting a small interior room, with no or few windows, and used when emergency personnel or law enforcement determine there is an environmental or weather related threat. We practice this drill during Severe Weather Awareness Week.
Fire Safety Thru Inspections is a program created by Newton Conover City Schools along with the City of Newton Fire Department, City of Conover Fire Department, the Catawba County Building Inspection Office, NCDPI Insurance Division and the Catawba County Fire Marshal’s office. These Code Enforcement Officers are working closely with Newton-Conover City Schools to ensure that all employees are aware of the hazards that may exist in their buildings and classrooms. This checklist was established in order to be in compliance with North Carolina Electrical Code, North Carolina Building Code, General Statute 115C-525 and North Carolina Fire Code. This document was revised 7/9/2019 to reflect changes to the North Carolina Fire Code.