Standard Response Protocols (SRP)

School Safety

A critical ingredient in the safe school recipe is the uniform classroom response to any incident. Weather events, fires, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by school and district administration and staff. Historically, schools have taken this scenario-based approach to respond to hazards and threats. It’s not uncommon to find a stapled sheaf of papers or even a tabbed binder in a teacher’s desk that describes a variety of things that might happen and the specific response to each event.

SRP is Action-Based

The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is based not on individual scenarios but on the response to any given situation. SRP demands a specific vocabulary but also allows for great flexibility. The premise is simple — there are five specific actions that can be performed during an incident: “Secure”, “Lockdown”, “Evacuate”, “Shelter” and “Hold”. When communicating these, the action is announced and is then followed by a directive such as “Secure. Get Inside. Lock Outside Doors.” 

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Standard Response Protocol Materials