About the Standard Response Protocol
Kern High School District uses a nationally recognized emergency response protocol called the Standard Response Protocol. This protocol was developed by the I Love You Guys Foundation to align with guidance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. It utilizes simple, common language to announce emergency responses and flexible protocols so schools can respond to changing circumstances during an emergency. The four responses in the Standard Response Protocol are:
- Lockout is followed by the Directive: "Get Inside. Lock Outside Doors" and is the protocol used to safeguard students and staff within the building.
- 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.
- 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.
- Shelter is always followed by a type and a method and is the protocol for group and self protection.
This protocol is recommended by the Safer Schools Coalition of Kern County and is utilized by Bakersfield City School District. It is also being considered by other local school districts.
The use of the Standard Response Protocol was featured in a news article that can be found here
Information about the Standard Response Protocol may be found on an informational flyer in English or Spanish using the links below.