Emergency Preparedness

Schools practice safety procedures throughout the school year, including fire, secure, and lockDOWN drills, and are trained annually in how to respond to emergency situations.

What's the Plan?

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Northeast Metro 916 utilizes the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) developed by the I Love U Guys Foundation in collaboration with local law enforcement. The SRP is based not on individual scenarios but on the response to any given situation.

The premise is simple - there are five actions that can be performed during an emergency situation:

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There are situations that require students and staff to remain in their classrooms or stay out of access areas. There may be a need for students who are not in a classroom to proceed to an area where they can be supervised and remain safe.

Examples: an altercation in a hallway; a medical issue that needs attention; or unfinished maintenance operation in a common area during class changes.

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Building is put in "secure" based on activity in the surrounding area, not in the school or on school grounds. All students and activities moved inside and the building is locked while learning continues with minimal interruption or distractions. All doors are locked and no one can leave or enter the building without police or district approval. The school day operates as normal unless the "secure" interferes with release times.

Examples: an unknown or unauthorized person on the grounds; dangerous animal on or near the grounds; criminal activity in the area; or planned police activity in the neighborhood.


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The building 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. The expectation is that classroom doors are locked and secured, lights are turned off, and students and staff move to a location away from hallway windows and doors and remain quiet. Students and staff are released by district or emergency personnel only.

Examples: dangerous animal within a school building; intruder; an angry or violent individual; report of a weapon; or active assailant.


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Students and staff are moved to a new or safe location due to a situation in or near the school building.

Examples: gas leak in school; unsafe situation near school affecting release times.


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SHELTER: Students and staff are instructed to take safe shelter due to a situation in or near the school.

Examples: severe weather or other natural events.


Safety and Emergency Drills

Preparation is the key to effective response in case of an emergency. Drills help our staff and students respond quickly, calmly, and safely to a number of situations. Drills throughout the school year include:

  • Fire drills are conducted each month
  • LockDOWN drills, designed to familiarize students with how to respond to an active shooter in the school, are conducted twice a year - one announced in the Fall and one unannounced in the Spring
  • Weather-related tornado drills are conducted twice a year
  • Hazardous material spill drills are conducted once a year

The goal of each of these drills is to teach confidence and allow students and staff to be "emergency prepared not emergency scared." Conducting drills allows us to evaluate the effectiveness of our evacuation procedures and determine any necessary changes or adjustments to current practices that may be needed to improve performance.

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As a result of any of the above five scenarios, students may need to be reunified with parents through a controlled release at the school or a reunification at a new location.

We want to reunite students with their parents/guardians as soon as possible during an emergency situation. We will work with our local law enforcement and fire agencies to determine when it is safe to reunite students and parents/guardians. These situations often take time and planning to ensure everyone is reunited safely.