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Published on Oct 23, 2018 14:03

RCS Safety Response Examples

Based on the nature of a particular safety event, we have different safety responses. Each of these is listed below with a general description and whether we conduct a community announcement when the event occurs.

Shelter In Place

Used when there is a safety concern due to weather or natural disaster and physical shelter is needed - for example during dangerously high winds. This type of response could be something you do at home during a storm. Allows staff to account for all students utilize the building and it's contents to protect occupants. Should a need arise to "shelter in place" within the building, an internal announcement would be made along with a community message through our automated phone call system and through a posting on our website. 

Evacuations

Used when there is a safety concern in the building such as a fire, flood, dangerous chemical or vapors. Should an emergency occur which requires an evacuation of the building, an internal announcement would be made along with a community announcement through our automated phone call system and through a posting on our website.  Evacuations are carried using our fire alarm system and communications to first responders. 

Hold in Place

Used to limit the movement of students and staff within the building while dealing with short term safety event such as having someone picked up by ambulance of needing medical attention in a hallway. Instruction can continue while everyone remains in there rooms until the situation is over. Should a need arise to hold in place within the building, an internal announcement would be made. Depending on the situation, a community announcement may or may not be made. 


Lock Down
Used to protect students and staff from a threat to safety in a variety of instances. Examples include an unauthorized visitor or intruder. This response is coupled with a call to law enforcement to deal with the threat.  Should an emergency occur which requires a lock down of the building, an internal announcement would be made along with a community announcement through our automated phone call system and through a posting on our website. 

Lock Out
Used to prevent entry through exterior doors and windows and prevent students & staff from going outdoors. Examples include potential threats to safety outside the building or in the community.  Should a need arise to hold in place within the building, an internal announcement would be made. Depending on the situation, a community announcement may or may not be made.