School protective actions are initiated by police or school administration in the event of a potential or direct threat to student safety. An understanding of each type of action is crucial for students and parents.
*Please note that the names for these actions are different from previous years.
- Potential threat to student safety OFF campus
- All outdoor activities are canceled and students/staff are brought inside
- Exterior doors are locked
- Likely police presence on campus
- Activities and instruction continues inside the school; students may move around inside
- Visitors not allowed in the building unless otherwise directed
- Threat to student safety ON campus or inside the building
- Students and staff move to classrooms and lock doors
- Students and staff move out of sight away from doors and windows
- Doors remain locked and students may not leave for any reason.
- Emergency personnel unlock classroom doors after situation is resolved
- No visitors or parents permitted on campus until authorized
RUN, HIDE, FIGHT
In a situation where someone is actively seeking to cause harm on the campus, staff members will use situational awareness to assess the circumstances as best they can. Using this information, they will lead students to either:
- RUN – if a clear path of escape is available;
- HIDE – if the attacker seems near or escape is not feasible;
- FIGHT – as a last resort if confronted
State and federal law enforcement agencies encourage use of Run, Hide, Fight for schools and businesses during unpredictable situations where someone is looking to cause harm. In Granite School District we employ our own 20-member police force to ensure a greater law enforcement presence at schools, and to significantly decrease response times.
- Building is compromised due to hazard, natural disaster/incident, or other situation where students and staff must leave the building
- All students and staff exit using predetermined exit routes
- Students and staff gather at designated evacuation site off campus
- Students and staff remain at evacuation until all clear is issued by emergency personnel
- If incident is prolonged or students cannot return to the building, reunification process is initiated with parents/guardians picking up students
SHELTER IN PLACE
- Outside hazard, natural disaster/incident, or other situation where students must remain inside to stay out of harms way
- Students and staff brought inside to shelter in building
- Students will not be released until all-clear is issued by emergency personnel
- If incident is prolonged, reunification process is initiated with parents/guardians picking up students
COMMUNICATING TO PARENTS
If a protective action is initiated at your child’s school, communication to parents will occur as quickly as possible. All available forms of relaying messages will be used, including the school’s phone system and district social media accounts.
Please remember that information will not be relayed until all students are safely accounted for, and all information is accurate. Please ensure your contact information is up to date with the school, including any changes to email addresses, cellphone numbers or home phone numbers.