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Standard Safety Protocols

The Standard Response Protocol is based on flexibility and demands specific vocabulary, but it is very specific actions taken during a threat. These five words can be used for multiple incidents. When communicating these words, they prompt the same action every time. They can be used in several different scenarios. 
SWISD, along with many other school districts across the country, have adopted the Standard Response Protocol (SRP). This gives a response to all staff and students to take steps during an emergency situation, but the language does not change. This is based on the response not the threat. 
  • Secure - is followed by the Directive: "Get inside, Lock Outside Doors" and is the protocol used to safeguard people within the building.
  • Lockdown -  is followed by "Locks, Lights, Out of Sight" and is the protocol used to secure individual rooms and keep occupants quiet and in place.
  • Evacuate - and may be followed by a location, and is used to move people from one location to a different location in or out of the building.
  • Shelter -  State the Hazard and Safety Strategy for group and self protection. (Dangerous Weather, HAZMAT)
  • Hold - is followed by the Directive: "In Your Room or Area" and is the protocol used when hallways need to be kept clear of occupants. (Medical Emergency)
Our campuses continually practice these drills throughout the school year and during summer school. 
To learn more about the SRP or the "I Love U Guys Foundation", visit