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Lockdown Annex

Plan the courses of action to secure school buildings and grounds during incidents that pose an immediate threat of violence in or around the school. The primary objective of a lockdown is to quickly ensure all school staff, students, and visitors are secured in the rooms away from immediate danger.

The planning team should consider the following when developing goals, objectives, and courses of action:

  • How to lock all exterior doors, and when it may or may not be safe to do so.
  • How particular classroom and building characteristics (i.e., windows, doors) impact possible lockdown courses of action.
  • What to do when a threat materializes inside the school.
  • When to use the different variations of a lockdown (e.g., when outside activities are curtailed, doors are locked, and visitors are closely monitored, but all other school activities continue as normal).
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