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Standard Response Protocol

The Standard Response Protocol is adopted by FEMA and the federal government. Any of your parents in government jobs, Forest Service, EMS, police, fire, or other emergency services will all be familiar with Standard Response Protocol. It was developed after an active shooter incident at Platte Canyon High School, and all district staff - bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, and teachers spent 4 hours being trained in the process this August.
Discussion with your student regarding safety procedures at school are very important. In the event that there is an emergency at school, cell phone use may actually hinder emergency response teams. For example, during a "LOCKDOWN", staff and students are given the instruction "Locks, Lights, Out of Sight". If your student's phone is on, the light from the screen and/or the sound of the ring could alert the intruder that there are kids in a particular class. Often times emergency responders will order the shut down of cell phone communications in an area so that their communication lines can remain clear. Please do not try to call or text your students during these times. The best way to get information about any type of threat to or around the school would be through the police department or the radio.
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