11 x 17 poster on the standard response protocolWe have always had a protocol regarding responding to critical incidents. In reviewing our protocol in the 2018-19 school year, our District Safety and Security Team recommended that we begin using the Standard Response Protocol, developed by the "I Love You Guys" Foundation, to guide our response to critical incidents. Standard Response Protocol offers clear, distinct, common language among first responders, students and staff, not just across Madison but across the state and beyond. 

It incorporates many of the concepts already in use in MMSD as well as best practices in the Final Report of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission. In addition, the Standard Response Protocol is endorsed by the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Office of School Safety

Specifically, we are replacing language referring to active threats (“Lockdown” and “Safety Precautions to Outside Threat”) with Standard Response Protocol language (“Lockdown,” “Lockout,” “Evacuate,” “Shelter” and “Hold”).

Each protocol has specific staff and student actions that are unique to the action. In the event of an emergency, the action and appropriate direction will be announced. 

Each school year, students will receive age-appropriate instruction on what to do in each of these scenarios through lesson plans, slide presentations, class discussions, videos, and more.

It is important to note that the Standard Response Protocol materials we use in our schools differ slightly from the original posters, handouts, presentations and training supplements supplied by the "I Love You Guys" Foundation. We have built on them and customized them for our district. 

Resources

Lockout

“Get inside. Lock outside doors.”

Lockout is called when there is a threat or hazard outside of the school building. In a Lockout, staff ensure that all students return to the inside of the building and take attendance to account for all students. While staff increase their situational awareness, the school day goes on as normal. 

You can read more details about what happens during a Lockout in the Lockout section of the Standard Response Protocol Operational Guidelines

Lockdown

“Locks, Lights, Out of Sight”

Lockdown is called when there is a threat or hazard inside the school building. In a lockout, staff and students move away from sight and remain silent. Teachers lock classroom doors, turn lights off and account for all students. 

You can read more details about what happens during a Lockdown in the Lockdown section of the Standard Response Protocol Operational Guidelines

Evacuate

“To the Announced Location”

Evacuate is called to move students and staff from one location to another. In an evacuation, staff lead students to the evacuation location. Students and staff bring their phones and leave other belongings behind. 

You can read more details about what happens during an Evacuation in the Evacuation section of the Standard Response Protocol Operational Guidelines

Shelter

“For a Hazard Using a Safety Strategy” 

Shelter is called when the need for personal protection is necessary. Examples include tornadoes or hazardous materials exposure. Shelter strategies include sealing classrooms, evacuating to shelter areas and “drop, cover and hold.”

You can read more details about what happens in a Shelter situation in the Shelter section of the Standard Response Protocol Operational Guidelines

Hold

“In Your Classroom or Area. Clear the Halls.”

There may be situations that require students to remain in their classrooms. For example, an altercation in the hallway may demand keeping students out of the halls until it is resolved. In a hold, students and staff remain in their classrooms, even if there is a scheduled class change, until the all clear is announced.

You can read more details about what happens during a Hold in the Hold section of the Standard Response Protocol Operational Guidelines