Standard Response Protocol

Protocols and Procedures


    Used when there is a need to remain in a classroom or area, even during class transitioning. Can be used for such events as a medical emergency, unruly students in the hallway, or whenever an incident requires all students and staff to remain in their current positions.

    • Students will clear the hallways and remain in a room or area until the “All Clear” is announced.
    • Teachers will close and lock the doors to rooms or areas (if possible).
    • Teachers will account for students and adults.
    • Classroom activities will continue uninterrupted.
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    Secure (Lockout)

    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.

    • No students allowed outside of buildings and/or portable classrooms (no P.E., recess, etc.).
    • All building exterior doors are closed and locked.
    • Where possible, classroom activities will continue uninterrupted.
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    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.

    • All students stay in place with a teacher or staff member.
    • Students and teachers remain in locked classrooms, locating “safe zones” within each classroom.
    • No one enters or exits the school, except law enforcement or incident response personnel.
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    Implemented when there is a need to move students from one facility to another.

    • Officials conducting or supervising evacuation will vary based on the school and incident taking place.
    • Students will proceed to designated evacuation area. If separated from their class, students should join any evacuation line and identify themselves to the teacher in their group after arriving at the evacuation site.
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    Shelter is called when the need for personal protection is necessary. This may include events such as a tornado, earthquake or hazardous material spill.

    • Shelter strategies may include evacuate to a shelter area, seal the room or drop and cover.
    • Schools will identify potential shelter situations and designate specific responses, as appropriate.

    Standard Response Protocol (SRP)

    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.

    Terms and Procedures for Emergency Response

    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.

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