My school’s new emergency plan includes lockdown drills. How can we keep them from scaring the kids?

You want to be really honest with kids about the low probability that a stranger would come into our school who doesn’t belong here, who would want to hurt us. But we want to make sure we have a solid plan.

The manner or style in which you communicate this is important. You want to do it in an easy matter, and talk about it with a lot of confidence and competence. Because kids read the tone of voice, the emotion in the presentation.

You want to communicate that we’re in charge, this is our school, and we want to make sure that only people who belong here are here. Just like if there a snow day we have a plan, if there’s a storm we have a plan, if someone who doesn’t’ belong here is in the building, we have a plan to handle it.