The Safety and Security department understands that if an emergency occurs at school or an office, there usually is not much time to warn students, employees and guest about what is happening or what to do. That is why the Widefield School District has implemented the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) at all of it's facilities.
Standard Response Protocol is not based on individual scenarios, but rather on the response to any given scenario. SRP demands a specific vocabulary, but also allows for great flexibility. The premise is simple - there are four specific actions that can be performed during an incident.
Lockout is followed by the Directive: "Secure the Perimeter" and is the protocol used to safeguard students and staff within a building.
Lockdown is followed by "Locks, Lights, Out of Sight" and is the protocol used to secure individual rooms and keep students quiet and in place.
Evacuate is always followed by a location, and is used to move students and staff from one location to a different location in or out of the building.
Shelter is always followed by a type and a method and is the protocol for group and self protection.
These specific actions can act as both a verb and a noun.
If the action is Lockdown, it would be announced on public address as "Lockdown! Locks, Lights, Out of Sight."
Communication to local Law Enforcement Agency would then be "We are under Lockdown."
Each response has specific student and staff action. The Evacuate response is always followed by a location: "Evacuate to the Bus Zone." Responses can also be chained. " Evacuate to Hallway. Shelter for Tornado. Drop, Cover and Hold."
The SRP is now in place in literally thousands of schools around the country and over the last year or two is becoming the standard in school safety training.