Lockdown and Lockout Drill Performed

Dear Steele Families,

Our DPS Security Team initiated two drills at our school today. First, they announced a Lockdown. Following the Lockdown, they announced a Lockout. Our DPS School Board set the expectation that our Security Team would conduct these two drills in the first 30 days of each semester. Safety is our top priority and our preparation and practice showed today. Our DPS officers were quite impressed by how well our staff and students executed our Standard Response Protocol.

Here is a reminder of our Emergency Procedures:

Standard Response Protocol (SRP)
In order for our students to be ready to learn, they must feel safe. Along with all schools in DPS, Steele Elementary uses the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) as part of our Safety Plan. Please take a few minutes to learn about SRP.

A critical component of a safe school is the uniform classroom response to an incident at school. 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. The premise is simple – there are four specific actions that can be performed during an incident:

  • Lockout is followed by the Directive: “Secure the Perimeter” and is the protocol used to safeguard students and staff within the building.
    • Lockout Drill within the first 30 days of each semester.
  • Lockdown is followed by “Locks, Lights, Out of Sight” and is the protocol used to secure individual rooms and keep students quiet and in place.
    • Lockdown Drill within the first 30 days of each semester.
    • No one will be granted entry into the building during a Lockdown/Lockdown Drill.
  • Evacuate is always followed by a location, and is used to move students and staff from one location to a different location in or out of the building.
    • Evacuate (Fire Drill) within the first 10 days of school and once per month.
  • Shelter is always followed by a type and a method and is the protocol for group and self protection.
    • Shelter Drill within the first 30 days of each semester.
    • Parents may enter the building during a weather event for their own safety.
    • Students will not be allowed to leave the school until the weather has cleared.

If you have questions about our Standard Response Protocol, please let us know.