Standard Response Protocol

GISD constantly seeks to provide a circle of protection that generates safety and security in all schools and facilities. Controlled access to buildings, a revamped volunteer registration program, crisis communication, employees and first responders are all essential to that cause.

GISD uses the Standard Response Protocol (SRP), created by the Colorado-based I Love You Guys Foundation, to simplify the district’s emergency response procedures. We believe this protocol helps foster a safe learning and working environment for all students and staff.

SRP actions

The SRP refers to five specific actions in the event of an emergency or crisis. Lockout, lockdown, evacuate, shelter or hold are the actions students and employees are trained to perform during an emergency. A brief synopsis of each action is below.


blue circle with two hands, palm forward and fingers extended

Lockout occurs when a threat or hazard is outside of the school building. Students will remain or return inside the building. Staff will help recover students and colleagues outside the building, take roll and increase their situational awareness.


red circle with lock

Lockdown occurs when a threat or hazard is inside the building. Students will stay quiet and out-of-sight. Staff will lock the classroom door, turn off lights, maintain silence and obscured visibility, take roll and wait for first responders to open the door.


green circle with three people forming a line and holding hands

Evacuate occurs when students and staff must move to another location. Students will leave all but cell phones behind, form a single-file line, show hands and be prepared for changes. Staff will lead students to the evacuation location and take roll, if possible.


orange circle with person under a roof

Shelter occurs when the need for personal protection is necessary, such as during a tornado or biohazard situation. Students and staff will employ appropriate safety strategies. Teachers will also take roll to account for students.


purple circle with a closed classroom door

Hold occurs when the hallways need to be kept clear, even during class changes. Students will remain in their classrooms and do business as usual. Teachers will recover students and staff from hallways, close and lock the classroom door and take roll.