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Review District Emergency Protocol

The district would like to remind parents of the emergency protocol terminology, specifically clarifying the terms Lockout and Lockdown.
Lockout: Lockout is called when there is a threat or a hazard outside the school. A lockout recovers students from outside the building, secures the building perimeter and locks all outside doors.  In a lockout the exterior walls of the physical facility are used as protection. Within the  walls of the building, business can be conducted as usual.
Lockdown:  Lockdown is called when there is a threat or hazard inside the building. It is a classroom-based protocol that requires locking the classroom door, turning out the lights and placing students out of sight of any corridor windows. Lockdown uses classroom security to protect students from the potential threat. 
Though each of these terms sounds similar, they mean two different things. In each case, the goals are the same; keep students and staff safe. Schools conduct monthly safety drills. Sometimes those are fire drills and sometimes they conduct other emergency drills. When drills occur we will try to be clear in our communications with staff and students that it is/was a drill. In the event of a real emergency situation, please refer to this website for updates.