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.

Looking to implement best practices for security, GISD introduced the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) in the fall. Created by the Colorado-based I Love You Guys Foundation, this standard simplifies the district’s emergency response—making it a powerful, informative and efficient guide.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

We believe this newly introduced protocol will help foster a safe learning and working environment for all students and staff.