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Standard Response Protocol

The District is adopting common languages and practices used throughout all buildings and shared with emergency responders. This simplified language, called Standard Response Protocol (SRP), proactively identifies five possible actions that could be required during an incident or an emergency. Every action carries specific instructions, outlined below. 

Learn more about the District's health, safety and security plans in the Summer 2023 issue of School Talk

What should parents do or expect during an incident? FAQs and more information.



Students and staff stay in classrooms and lessons continue. These are situations that require students and staff to remain in their classrooms or stay out of access areas. For example, an altercation in the hallway may require keeping students out of the halls until it is resolved. A medical issue may require only one area to be cleared, with halls still open in case outside medical assistance is required. 



Get inside and lock/secure outside doors. The secure action is called when there is a threat or hazard believed to be outside of the school building. This could be violence or criminal activity in the immediate neighborhood or a dangerous animal near the playground.



Set locks, turn off lights and stay out of sight. Lockdowns are called when there is a threat or hazard believed to be inside the school building. This could include a parental custody dispute or a threatening intruder.




Leave the school building and move to a designated place. An on-site evacuation is conducted usually because of a mechanical failure that would disrupt the school day such as a power outage. If it can’t be resolved quickly, the school may have to plan for early dismissal. An off-site evacuation may be necessary when it’s no longer safe to stay in the building such as a gas leak or bomb threat. 



Seek safety during a hazard. Shelter is called when specific protective actions are needed based on a threat or hazard such as severe weather, tornadoes, flooding or hazardous materials situations.