The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is a synthesis of common practices in use at a number of districts, departments and agencies. Standard Response Protocol is not a replacement for any school safety plan or program. It is simply a classroom response enhancement for critical incidents, designed to provide consistent, clear, shared language and actions among all students, staff and first responders.
As a standard, SRP is being adopted by emergency managers, law enforcement, school and district administrators and emergency medical services across the country. Hundreds of agencies have evaluated the SRP and recommended the SRP to thousands of schools across the US and Canada.
In order to further explain the use of the Standard Response Protocols within DoDEA schools, the following visual training aids have been authorized by DoDEA.
The DoDEA SRP online training module is provided by the Security Management Division at DoDEA Headquarters for all school-level administrators and staff in DoDEA schools. The goal of this module is for ALL DoDEA staff to understand why it is essential that ALL DoDEA schools be able to execute each of the four protocols effectively when responding to an emergency or during an emergency incident to better serve our students, staff, and first responders.
It is important that all public safety officials, school administrators, communication officers, and members of the media understand and use a common terminology. For parents, understanding the terminology may ease fears and concerns during an incident.
Directed when there is a threat or hazard outside the school. Whether it is due to violence or criminal activity or a dangerous animal on the playground, a lockout uses the security of the physical facility as a protective measure.
Directed when there is a threat or hazard inside the school building. From serious altercations to intruders to active shooter situations, lockdown uses classroom security to protect students and staff from the threat.
Implemented when there is a need to move students from one facility to another.
Shelter is called when the need for personal protection is necessary. This may include events such as a tornado, earthquake or hazardous material spill.
If school or installation officials require that a school building be evacuated, students and staff members will be safely transported to a designated parent-student reunification location. Parents will be informed of the reunification location based upon local operating procedures. At the reunification location, students will be released to their parents upon presentation of proper identification.
DoDEA does not release this type of specific information in advance due to force protection and student safety consideration. Also, during emergency situations, circumstances could arise that might force changes to previously designated locations.
Report suspicious behavior to a teacher, principal, counselor, or law enforcement officer.
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