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Safety - Standard Response Protocol

Arthur Academy's number one priority is the safety and well-being of our students. A critical component in creating a safer school environment is classroom response to an incident at school.

Safety teams, emergency plans and school safety drills are just some of the programs that have long been established in our schools to help ensure that everyone knows exactly how to respond to an emergency or crisis. Weather events, fire, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by students, teachers, staff and administration. 

A priority for our administration and staff has been to update our practices and make sure that all staff members are comfortable, confident and prepared.  Therefore, beginning September 2019, we will be introducing the Standard Response Protocol.

The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is based not on individual scenarios but 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.  

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Standard Response Protocol (SRP)

The SRP is not based on one individual possible scenario but on the response to any given scenario.  One large benefit of the SRP is the standard language used by all responders; this includes students, parents, staff and first responders. The protocol also allows for a predictable series of actions as an event unfolds.

The SRP is based upon four actions: Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuate and Shelter. Each has specific staff and student directives that are unique to the action.  

Lockout vs. Lockdown

  • lockout means there is a possible threat outside the school or outside the fence. Most often, this is due to police activity in the area or the neighborhood. Police might be searching for a suspect in a crime, or someone might have spotted a person wanted for questioning. During a lockout, it is business as usual inside the building. If students are at recess, or outside for some reason, they are brought inside, the doors are locked and classes continue. The school does not typically send out parent notifications for lockouts, since they are most often due to police activity in the neighborhood and are usually resolved quickly. 
  • lockdown means there is a possible threat inside the school or inside the fence. This is not business as usual. Hallways are cleared, classroom and office doors are locked, lights are turned out. Students and staff are instructed to stay quiet and out of sight. 

All of our schools can be put in lockout or lockdown quickly. A message with instructions is broadcasted over the school's intercom system. During a lockout or lockdown, do not call or go to the school. Doing so could put you or others in danger. Do not call or text the student’s cell phone. This may put them in danger. The school will communicate with you once we have more information to share. If further action is needed on the part of parents and guardians, the school will communicate that information to you.

Student and Parent Reunification 
Events may occur at school that require parents to pick up their students in a controlled release. The process of controlled release is called a reunification and may be necessary due to weather, a power outage, a hazmat issue, or if a crisis occurs at the school.

Arthur Academy will begin phasing in the Standard Reunification Method in the 2019-2020 school year. Student and Parent Reunification is a protocol that makes this process more predictable and less chaotic for all involved. Because a controlled release is not a typical end of school day event, a reunification may occur at a different location than the school a student attends. 

We expect the Standard Reunification Method to by fully implemented by September 2020.

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