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School Safety Responses

Standard Response Protocol

In an emergency, safeguarding students and staff is the highest priority. The district has adopted the standard response protocol developed by the I Love You Guys Foundation.

Responses, corresponding to the threat, are Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuate and Shelter. Each protocol has specific staff and student actions that are unique to the action (Admin Regulation EBCB-AR 4).


Lockout

Lockout may be called when there is a threat or hazard outside of the school building that could become a safety issue for everyone on campus. Law enforcement, staff or building administrators could direct the school to initiate Lockout procedures due to violence or criminal activity in the immediate neighborhood or a dangerous animal in the playground, or other concern by building staff or administrators. The public address for Lockout is: “Lockout! Secure the perimeter” and is repeated twice each time the public address is performed. Students are trained to return to the inside of the building and conduct business as usual. Staff will recover students from outside the building, lock exterior doors, increase situational awareness, take roll and account for students, and conduct business as usual. There may be occasions where students expect to be able to leave the building – end of classes, job commitment, end of the school day, field trips, etc. Depending on the condition, permission to leave the building may be denied. Students and staff will remain inside the building until the Lockout situation is cleared. Law enforcement personnel may hold school buses and family member vehicles from approaching the school until the campus is released from the Lockout condition.

Lockdown

Lockdown is called when there is a threat or hazard inside of the school building. Examples might include a dangerous animal within the school building or intruders. Lockdown uses classroom security to protect students and staff from threat. Law enforcement, staff or building administrators could direct this security level. The public address for Lockdown is: “Lockdown! Locks, Lights, Out of Sight!” and is repeated twice each time the public address is performed. Students are trained to move away from sight and maintain silence. Staff will lock classroom doors, turn off lights, move away from sight, take roll and account for students, maintain silence and wait for law enforcement to open classroom doors. If near the end of the school day, students and staff will remain inside the building until the Lockdown situation is cleared. Law enforcement personnel will hold school buses and family member vehicles from approaching the school until the campus is released from the Lockdown condition. Release from a Lockdown shall only occur with direct in-person release notification by an administrator or uniformed law enforcement personnel.

Evacuate

Evacuate may be called when there is a need to move students and other building occupants from one location to another. The public address for Evacuate is: “Evacuate! Type/Location” and is repeated twice each time the public address is performed. Students are trained to leave personal possessions behind and form a single file line and depart the building. Staff will lead students to the evacuation location and take roll and account for students. Students and staff should be prepared to follow specific instructions given by staff or first responders.

Shelter

Shelter is called when the need for personal protection is necessary in such instances as tornado, earthquake or airborne irritants. The public addresses for shelter might be “Shelter for Earthquake! Drop, Cover and Hold” and is repeated twice each time the public address is performed. In the event of an earthquake, students and staff will be directed to DROP, preferably under a desk or table. Stay away from windows, bookcases, file cabinets and other objects that could fall. COVER their heads with their hands and stay under cover until the shaking stops. HOLD onto the desk or table; if it moves, move with it. Other responses may be situationally appropriate.