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Standard Response Protocols
The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) was created by the parents of Emily Keyes, a 16-year-old girl who was killed after being held hostage in Platte Canyon High School in September 2006. Emily sent a text to her family saying “I Love U Guys” just prior to her death. After extensive research on ways to improve safety in educational settings, Emily’s parents, John-Michael and Ellen Keyes, established the “I Love U Guys” Foundation. Research indicates the need for districts to implement measures that would minimize confusion and reduce valuable reaction time during a crisis.
If an emergency happens at a school or an office, there usually is not much time to warn students, staff, and visitors about what is happening or what to do. That is why SPPS has adopted and implemented the Standard Response Protocol in all of our buildings. SRP is not based on individual scenarios, but rather on the response to any given scenario.
Action: Hold in your room or area. Clear the halls.
Hold is called when the hallways need to be kept clear, even during class changes.
Action: Get inside. Lock outside doors.
If there is a threat outside the building, bring everyone in and lock the outside doors. Secure is activated by the SPPS Emergency Communications Center or the site administrator. Secure can be called when staff or students notice something weird or strange. Secure could be the response to a violent person or incident in the community near your school. Teachers, staff or administration will get students back into the building. Teachers will take attendance and notify the office of missing or extra students. This means increased situational awareness, but class will be conducted as usual.
Action: Locks, Lights, Out of Sight
Lockdown is the protocol used to secure individual rooms and keep students quiet and in place. Teachers will lock classroom doors and turn lights out. In addition, teachers and students will move away from the corridor line of sight and maintain silence. The teacher will take attendance and account for all students. Occupants of rooms will not unlock their rooms for anything or anyone. When the incident is over, a responsible person capable of unlocking the room from out in the hall (Administrator, Engineer, Security and Emergency Management, Law Enforcement, etc) will unlock the door and brief the occupants.
Action: Follow the Directions
This action is similar to “shelter in place”; however, the SRP gives specific instructions within the action. For example, instead of just announcing shelter, the command may be “Shelter for tornado, drop cover and hold”. The command will be to shelter, what we are sheltering from, and the specific self-protection action to do. Some examples of announcements could include tornadoes, hazmat, or others.
Action: Follow the Directions
Evacuate means moving students in an orderly fashion from point A to point B. A fire drill is really: “Evacuate Out of the Building.” With the SRP, Evacuate is always followed by a location. For instance: "Evacuate to the Gym". The order to evacuate will always be followed by a location. Administrators, teachers, and building staff all need to work together to quickly, quietly, and safely evacuate students to the evacuation point. Students and staff will leave stuff (backpacks, books, etc) behind. Instructions detailing specific actions during the evacuation may take place such as holding hands, covering heads, and/or crawling. Teachers will ensure they bring a roll sheet. Immediately upon reaching the evacuation point, teachers should take attendance.
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