Safety Terms and Procedures
A school crisis can take a number of different forms including environmental events, such as a chemical spill or gas leak; a weather emergency such as a tornado; or dangerous activity happening near the school. The nature of a school crisis dictates whether school administrators will put in place a lockout, lockdown, shelter-in-place, evacuation, or any combination of these protocols, as a means to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff.
In the event of an emergency at your child's school, it is important to know the reasoning behind the response and the terms associated with it. Standard Response Protocol (SRP) was developed as a unified response to emergency situations. Please take a moment to review these actions and learn more about your role as a parent during an emergency.
Lockout is called when there is a threat or hazard outside of the school building. A lockout recovers all students from outside the building, secures the building perimeter, and locks all outside doors. Criminal activity or dangerous events in the community would trigger a lockout response.
Lockdown is called when there is a threat or hazard inside the school building. A lockdown takes place if an internal or external threat is identified at the school. All doors are locked and students are confined to classrooms. No entry into or exit from the school will be allowed until an "all-clear" announcement is made. Students will NOT be released during a lockdown.
Evacuate to a Location
Evacuate is called to move students and staff from one location to another. In the event of certain building emergencies, students will be relocated to an evacuation assembly area. Students will be released to authorized adults through a formalized family reunification process to ensure the safety of all children.
Shelter-in-place- is called when the need for personal protection is necessary. Students take refuge in designated areas to protect them from hazardous materials or severe weather. No entry into or exit from the school will be allowed until an "all-clear" announcement is made. Students will NOT be released during shelter-in-place.
We are currently working to develop a Parent Guide with additional information about campus emergencies.