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February 03, 2011



Do you have any ideas about helping kids with ADHD and behavior issues make it through a lockdown drill? Sitting still and being quiet through a stressful and disruptive situation is quite outside the ability of a lot of kids with disabilities, but important because administrations are cracking down on kids who won't follow rules during a lockdown, and because one day the lockdown may be for real. I'd love to work with my IEP team to put in some supports for my son in that situation, but can't figure out what to ask for.

Charlie Fox

I would ask that they acknowledge in his IEP that he will not be able to sit for more than x number of minutes even during a lockdown drill. He needs to be given a little more space or even a room divider to allow him to move but not be seen (?), will allowing his Ipod or MP3 player help, anything else soothing that ordinarily would not be allowed. I think it is important to proactively make sure the IEP notes he will not be suspended for breaking protocol by moving or talking during a lock down drill as it directly related to his disability.


Thank you for outlining the needs of special education students for emergency drills. At the school I work at, a student that has cerebral palsy and uses a walker was not given a well thought out plan to evacuate the building during fire drills. Initially, administration told the teacher to wait until an aide came with a wheelchair to help him out the building. Clearly, this would not work in the case of a real emergency, and it was eventually decided he would exit to a side parking lot that the self-contained classrooms go.

I intend to share this article with my colleagues, particularly the resources mentioned that have lesson plans to help prepare our students for emergency drills.

Thank you!


Entirely important and still in 2019, confusing! My teen with Autism goes into crouch mode with loud noises. For years the staff accompanied her, and pre-warned her. When they forgot, it triggered her. Then at her IEP the new SPED coord said, oh we are doing it differently. We spend 2 hours of a 5 hour Transition / Senior IEP arguing about that!? AS an educator and a parent, I am angry. First day of second semester, "they" messed up her schedule AND scheduled a FIRE DRILL!? geez!?


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