Garland ISD constantly seeks to provide a circle of protection that generates safety and security in all schools and facilities. Controlled access to buildings, our volunteer registration program, crisis communication, employees and first responders are all essential to that cause.
Our district uses the Standard Response Protocol (SRP), created by the Colorado-based I Love U 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.
The SRP refers to five specific actions in the event of an emergency or crisis. Hold, secure, 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.
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 account for students and other adults. Everyone will remain in the room until the "all clear" is announced.
Secure occurs when a threat or hazard is outside of the school building. Students will remain or return inside the building. Staff will help recover and account for students and colleagues outside the building. Adults will then lock outside doors, increase their situational awareness and do business as usual.
Lockdown occurs when a threat or hazard is inside the building. Students will stay quiet and out-of-sight. Adults will recover students from the hallway if possible. Staff will lock the classroom door, turn off lights, maintain silence and obscured visibility, and prepare to evade or defend. Only first responders may open closed doors.
Evacuate occurs when students and staff must move to another location. Students will leave all but cell phones behind if required, follow instructions and be prepared for changes. Staff will lead students to the evacuation location. Adults will account for students and staff and notify if anyone is missing, extra or injured.
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. Adults will account for students and staff and notify if anyone is missing, extra or injured.
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