The New York State Education Department requires all school districts to use same terms when responding to a school emergency. Those terms are lockout, lockdown, shelter-in-place, hold-in-place. and evacuate.
Below are general descriptions of each response:
Lockout: In the event of a concern outside of the school; no immediate risk to students or staff (i.e. suspicious person on or near school property)
- No one enters or exits the building.
- Classroom instruction continues as normal.
- All exterior windows and doors are locked.
- Outdoor activities are canceled.
Lockdown: In the event of actual or potential violence in or near the school
- All students move into the closest classroom or secure area, and doors are locked
- Students should be moved to a safe area in the classroom away from the door
- There should be no communication through the door or room phone
- Stay hidden until physically released by law enforcement
Shelter-in-place: In the event of a threatening event (i.e. tornado)
- Students move to their classrooms, or may receive instructions to move to a designated safe area
- Move away from windows
Hold-in-place: In the event of a short-term emergency (i.e. staff or student medical emergency)
- Students move to their classrooms
Evacuate: In the event of an emergency when remaining in is school unsafe, but students can be safely moved to another location (i.e. water break, long-term power outage)
- Students go to designated assembly area
- Staff may guide students to alternative location or await bus transportation