Practice 'Lockdowns' At Ridge and WAMS Will be Critiqued by State

Ridge High School, 268 St. Finley Ave., Basking Ridge. Credits: By Walter Pardo

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Unexpectedly, Ridge High School students were put on lockdown at about 10:30 a.m. on Monday morning - and students at the William Annin Middle School experienced the same exercise at about 1 p.m. during that same school day, it was announced at Monday's Board of Education meeting.

Schools Superintendent Nick Markarian said the lockdowns - which included darkening rooms and hiding students in their classrooms - was a practice drill that was observed by representatives from the state Department of Education, township police and some school officials who roamed the halls observing how the drill was working.

Markarian, who declined to give many details about how the lockdown was conducted, said the state representatives will provide feedback on the schools' lockdown procedures. Those procedures would be used in case of an emergency at the district's school buildings.

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Some of the suggested changes might involve an investment on the part of the school district, he said during the meeting.

Because students likely texted about the unexpected lockdown, Markarian said the district wanted to let parents know what had happened.

He said later that practice drills have also been conducted at elementary schools, but without the state DOE representatives present.

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