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Lockdown Descriptions


A shelter-in-place occurs when a potential threat exists in the area or vicinity of the school, but there is no immediate danger on campus. This procedure addresses the need to provide refuge for students, staff, and visitors within the school building during a potentially dangerous situation. Situations that would cause a shelter-in-place are: 

  • Suspicious persons or activity close to the school 
  • Neighborhood violence
  • Law enforcement activity
  • Severe weather 
  • Power outages 
  • Hazardous material spills

During a shelter-in-place, and for safety, exterior gates are locked, guests are not permitted on campus, and no one is permitted to leave campus. However, classes typically continue as scheduled, and classroom windows are left uncovered.


A lockdown occurs when a potential or immediate threat is identified on campus. Situations that would cause a lockdown are:

  • Possible intruder on campus
  • Hostage on or near campus
  • Drive-by shootings or violent behavior 
  • Weapon on campus

The procedure during a lockdown includes locking classroom doors, covering windows, and moving all persons away from windows and doors during a situation involving dangerous behavior or other incidents that may harm persons inside the school building or on school grounds.