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2011-04-04-Aurora-Pipeling-Goes-Above-and-Beyond-What-State-Law-Mandates-Press


AURORA PIPELING, CHIEF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT THE WORK-FAMILY CONNECTION SAYS “ITS SUITS THE MISSION” OF THE NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION TO GO ABOVE AND BEYOND WHAT STATE LAW MANDATES FOR QUALITY AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS


The Work-Family Connection is now requiring regular lockdown and evacuation drills in their after school programs and kindergarten extended day programs.  Whereas the State law only mandates fire drills, Aurora Pipeling requires that all the programs at The Work-Family Connection conduct drills for lockdown and evacuation situations. The procedures are written in detail with the assistance of school authorities, local policy, and other community-based organizations. After the procedures are established, the students and parents at the programs are made aware of the procedures and are instructed in the use of the drills. Drills then are actually carried out after parents are notified of the date, time, and location of the evacuation. During lockdown drills, where students are confined in a particular room in the school, parents are not permitted in the school building until after the drill, to ensure that the drills are realistic and all logistics are anticipated.

Students are not afraid during the drills because they and their parents are clearly told in advance of why we are doing the drills, how they will be done, and what to expect. In many cases, the students themselves participate in the drill logistics and procedures.

The Work-Family Connection’s number one concern is always with their students’ and families’ safety and security.

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