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Procedures

Universal Procedures

Universal procedures are those actions taken in response to any emergency, threat or hazard in school. There are six universal procedures. However, the primary question when choosing a procedure is whether staff and students will stay or go.
 

Stay

When conditions are more dangerous outside the school, such as severe weather, a chemical spill or an armed assailant in the neighborhood, schools should plan to stay in the building. These universal procedures include; lockdown, shelter-in-placereverse evacuation and severe weather shelter
   

Go

When conditions are safer outside the building than inside the building, students and staff should go. Schools may go in cases of a fire, hazardous material spill or confirmed incendiary device in the school. These universal procedures include: evacuation/relocation and reunification/student release
 

Emergency Procedures

Emergency Procedures are detailed actions school administrators and staff should take in the event of an emergency. The following emergency procedures may be used to guide emergency response in the situations below.

Assault 

Bomb Threat

Demonstration

Fight/Disturbance

Fire

Hazardous Materials

Hostage

Intruder

Medical Emergency

Severe Weather 

Sexual Assault

Shooting

Suicidal Threat or Attempt

Suspicious Package or Mail Threat

Terrorism

Threat

Weapons

While these procedures are recommended practices, school districts are strongly encouraged to adapt and refine these procedures to meet their specific local needs, situations, and circumstances.