Standard Response Protocol

    • The Standard Response Protocol, or SRP for short, is the backbone of our school-based emergency responses. The five actions are what we do within each school to address incidents of all natures and scales. The SRP gives students, staff, parents, security personnel and public safety partners common operating language and procedures for how we respond to and communicate about school-based emergency incidents.

      We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the five SRP actions listed below.

      For more information about the Standard Response Protocol, please visit the I Love U Guys Foundation website at

      Handout for parents and guardians:

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    • door with "x" across itHOLD: This safety protocol can be initiated when the hallways need to be kept clear due to a situation inside or outside of the building. They are precautionary in nature and short in duration. Students and staff are instructed to clear the halls and remain securely in a classroom or area until the situation is resolved. Behind classroom doors, it's business as usual, although students may remain in the class longer than the normal dismissal bell. Examples: A medical emergency, maintenance problem, or safety situation where administrators, maintenance crews, law enforcement, fire, or EMS crews need to address the situation.

    • two hands up with palms facing forwardSECURE: This directive is given when there is potentially hazardous or threatening activity in the surrounding area, not in the school or on school grounds. This is usually precautionary and normally short-lived. School staff move all students and activities inside and ensure the building is locked while learning continues inside the school with minimal interruption or distractions. Examples: Police activity such as serving warrants in the neighborhood; report of dangerous wildlife, etc.

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      LOCKDOWN: A school is put on lockdown due to perceived danger inside or very near the building. All students and staff are trained to get behind a locked door - Locks, Lights, Out of Sight. In the rare event that a student cannot get behind a locked door, they are trained in self-evacuation protocols. Examples: Threat inside the school; emergency or dangerous situation very near the building.

    • 3 person figures holding hands on green circle backgroundEVACUATE: Students and staff are moved to a new or safe location due to a situation in or near the school building that presents a hazard or safety risk. Examples: Gas leak in the school, a fire alarm, chemical spill in the science lab, etc.

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      SHELTER: Students and staff are instructed to move to safe shelter location due to a situation in or near the school. Examples: Tornado, earthquake, severe thunderstorm, flashflood, an outside fire, or other natural events.