Site lead:

  • Communicate the need to lockdown the building via the public address system.
    • If you know the whereabouts of the assailant (e.g., outside the library or on the second floor, etc.), include this information in the lockdown announcement or any subsequent announcements; that way people can gauge whether they have an opportunity to evacuate versus lockdown. If individuals and groups are able to evacuate, they should move to the offsite evacuation location, if accessible. If not, they should choose a location as far as possible from the source of danger.
    • If known, relay the type of weapon the intruder is in possession of (firearm, knife, etc.).
  • Direct all occupants to the nearest classroom or secured space occupied by staff members(s).
  • Notify law enforcement (911) of the emergency and the need for immediate assistance.
  • DO NOT attempt to lock exterior hallway doors that are unlocked.
  • No one enters the school, except public safety personnel.

Lockdown Announcement – Class/Service in Progress
Attention, this is an emergency. At this time secure everyone in your rooms and take roll. If not in a room, report directly to the nearest room with a staff member.

Lockdown Announcement – Class/Service Change in Progress
Attention, this is an emergency. At this time secure everyone in a room and take roll. Everyone report directly to the nearest room with a staff member.

Lockdown Announcement – During Meal Periods
Attention, this is an emergency. At this time secure everyone in a room and take roll. Anyone in the eating area is to remain in the area and staff will secure the doors. Anyone outside of a room or eating area report directly to the nearest room with a staff member.

 

Staff

The following guidelines can be used by staff or designated others to determine if evacuation is a viable option versus lockdown:

  • If you know the whereabouts of the violent intruder and you feel that you and those in your charge can safely evacuate the building and move to the student offsite evacuation location, if accessible, then do so. If not accessible, choose a location away from the source of danger.
    • Factors to consider in making the decision to evacuate versus lockdown:
      • Mobility: Is everyone able to move quickly or is their mobility limited due to access or functional needs?
      • Distance and/or concealment: Is there sufficient distance between you and the intruder to allow enough time to move the group and reach safety and/or sufficient concealment along your evacuation route to move undetected?
      • Type of weapon the intruder has in his or her possession: Knowing an intruder has a knife versus a firearm may affect your decision to lockdown or evacuate.

Implement lockdown procedures:

  • Clear everyone from hallways into rooms.
  • Assist those with access and functional needs.
  • Close and lock all windows and doors; close window blinds, obscure door windows with paper.
  • Block door with furniture, if appropriate.
  • Turn lights off.
  • Prepare a plan of action if the intruder gains entry (e.g., all-out assault on the intruder).
  • Follow specified protocols if evacuation is initiated by law enforcement personnel.
  • If a fire alarm has been activated, do not evacuate UNLESS fire or smoke is visible.
  • Direct students to an area of the room, unobservable from outside and potential lines of fire.
  • Stay away from all doors and windows.
  • BE QUIET! Turn off the ringer on all cell phones.
  • Move outside groups to primary or alternate offsite evacuation location.
  • Persons in other buildings should remain inside the locked buildings.
  • If you have evacuated the building, call 911 to report your location and situation.

Adapted from: Fairfax County (VA) Schools Crisis Management Workbook,http://www.fcps.edu/emergencyplan/crisisresponse.shtml

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