Edison High School Mass Casualty Exercise

Media Advisory

What:  Edison High School Health and Public Safety Magnet students test their skills with city-supported Mass Casualty Exercise; students to work with city first responders  and seemingly real injuries.  

Joining them in this year’s exercise will be students from Fox Tech’s Law Professions Magnet, who will hold a mock hearing, and Brackenridge’s Media Productions Magnet students, who will film the event and produce a video presentation.
Who:  Nearly 200 students, staff and city police, fire, and rescue personnel on the campus, working together to assist mock victims, who will be played by student actors.

When:  Thursday, May 1, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• Three simulated explosions occur at 10 a.m. at which time exercise begins
• Airlife helicopter landing at 11:00
• Fox Tech mock arraignment hearing at noon
• Mock disaster activity continues until 2 p.m.

Where:  Edison High School, 701 Santa Monica Drive – at the Health Professions building adjacent to the main school building

The event, which allows students to utilize the knowledge and skills they have learned throughout the year, is in partnership with:
• San Antonio Fire Department
• San Antonio Police Department
• San Antonio Office of Emergency Management
• San Antonio EMS
• San Antonio AirLIFE

Now in its second year, the mock disaster drill now incorporates a larger scale of emergency management scenarios, testing emergency management skills as well as those skills specific to their magnet program.  This year we also incorporated two additional magnet schools: Fox Tech Law Professions and the Brackenridge Media Production students join the Edison Health Professions magnet (nursing, pharmacy, dental and forensics and Public Safety magnet (fire and police) students.

The event will provide the students an opportunity to implement what they have academically learned all year in a safe and controlled emergency exercise. Additionally, it will provide the teachers input in areas of improvement for academic instruction.

Parents are invited to a viewing area at the scene. Edison area residents and businesses are being informed of the planned mock disaster drill.

The Edison Theater Arts department will prepare the set with simulated smoke and fire, and will apply makeup to the “injured” students to simulate various injuries true to the nature of the disaster. Our goal is to make the exercise realistic, however, with safety enforced at all times.

The Fox Tech Law Professions Magnet will conduct a mock hearing regarding the disaster at the crisis event. A court trial will follow in late May.

The Brackenridge Media Magnet will videotape and produce a 30 to 45 minute presentation of the mock crisis event. The edited show will air on the school and District web sites.

About the Magnet Programs:

Students choose from career pathways in Nursing, Dental Assistant and Pharmacy Technician, and as a junior or senior visit local hospitals three times a week to shadow healthcare workers and observe procedures and clinical practice. This program offers students the opportunity to get accepted into a professional school, earn dual credit with local colleges and/or take state certification exams needed to become employed in a medical career.

SAISD has partnered with San Antonio College (SAC) and the San Antonio Fire and Police Departments to offer a fast track to careers in fire science and law enforcement. The Fire and Police Academies are open to juniors and seniors throughout Bexar County and offer college credits equal to a freshman year and industry certifications. They are the only such programs in Bexar County. Students will get hands-on experience by participating in internships – including ride-outs with SAPD or SAFD – and benefit from having mentors from the respective departments.

(Judge Andy Mireles Law Magnet)
Through a partnership with St. Mary's University School of Law, students will study legal communications, the foundation of the American legal system, civil law, criminal law and more. Earn advanced placement and dual credit college hours while participating in mock trials and mentorships with attorneys. Students can even get the chance to earn an internship to work in the legal community with a practicing judge or attorney.

Media feeds the world with information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's a fast-paced, cutting-edge industry that requires an understanding of journalism, fine arts, graphic arts, radio, television, speech and music. Students can experience the excitement and non-stop energy of the world of media production. Students will produce a news show and put documentaries together.

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