Safety Drills and the Standard Response Protocol
- The District has adopted the Standard Response Protocol or SRP to respond to the four most common emergency actions - lockout/secure, lockdown, hold, evacuate, shelter in place.
- Definitions and actions:
- Lockdown is when there is a suspected threat inside the building requiring that all rooms housing students, staff and visitors be locked. All exterior doors should be secured. All staff members are empowered to activate a lockdown if they witness a threat.
- Lockout or Secure is when there is a suspected threat outside the building, requiring that all building entrances be locked and secure. Classrooms that open directly to the outside and not to an interior hallway should lock their door and not let anyone in or out. All staff members are empowered to activate a lockout of they witness a threat.
- Earthquake or Evacuation - when you feel the ground shake, keep calm and immediately take protective actions: Duck, Cover, Hold on and then evacuate when shaking stops.
- Reverse Evacuation is used to help get students and staff back into the building when it is dangerous to remain outside.
- Hold is used when the hallways need to be clear of people to deal with a situation that requires a level of privacy.
- Shelter in Place is a short-term measure implemented when there is a need to isolate students and staff from the outdoor environment or to prevent injury or exposure to airborne contaminants. Additional steps needed depend on the specific hazard. Possible hazards may include but are not limited to a wind storm, earthquake or hazardous chemical spill.
State law requires schools to conduct drills to practice their response to various safety situations to enhance the likelihood of all students and staff remaining safe and secure in the event of an incident. We value calm and consistent responses to safety situations, and welcome the opportunity to practice our actions with staff and students.
Families will be notified about drills in advance so they can help reassure their child(ren) that everything is alright and that their school is just practicing to make sure students are as safe as possible at all times.