New safety protocol for new school year at LISD

New safety protocol for LISD
Updated: Aug. 6, 2018 at 5:58 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It's a scary thought, but with two major school shootings in the past six months, it's an unfortunate possibility.

After the Parkland and Santa Fe shootings, school districts around the country are going the extra mile to keep kids safe, including Lubbock ISD.

LISD has recently implemented some new safety procedures, including keeping school front doors locked after the first bell as well as all classrooms doors, but the district says it's not stopping there.

"I think one of the things that resonated deeply with us was when a student said I need to know what to do and I need to know that the adults in the building know what to do," Nancy Sharp with LISD said.

The new program is called the Standard Response Protocol and LISD says it's based on communication.

"It's creating a common language so law enforcement, the media, parents, and students are talking about a situation and we all know what it means because we are using the same language," she said.

Each emergency instruction is meant to spark a response from students and teachers. There are five of them: lockout, evacuate, shelter, hold, and lockdown.

Lockout will be called out for a threat outside the school building and the outside doors will be locked as a result. Evacuate will be called when students and teachers need to move to a new location. Shelter when personal protection is needed. Hold when hallways need to remain clear. Lastly, is lockdown. This one will be used when there is an active threat inside the building.

"When we use the word lockdown that is only used when there is an active threat in the school," Sharp said. "It's preparing for the day we hope never comes."

This new protocol is not meant to scare, but to prepare.

"It's 99 percent of the time instruction will continue normally and there's not anything going on," Sharp said.

The protocol is in place to create better communication among the school, students, and parents.

For more details on each of these emergency instructions a part of the Standard Response Protocol, click here.

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