Lockdowns

What happens in an external lockdown? What should parents do?

  • External building doors are locked, and no one is allowed to enter or leave the building. Students and staff continue their regular schedule without leaving the building. If the lockdown continues past the normal release time for school, transportation will be delayed until the lockdown is lifted.

    Parents, please do NOT come to the school during the lockdown. You will not be able to enter the building, nor will your student be allowed to leave with you. In attempting to come to the building, you may endanger yourself by getting in the way of police activity and you may hinder the movement of emergency vehicles and personnel. We also ask that you do not call the school during the lockdown, so that we may keep telephone lines open for any emergency calls.

    When the lockdown is over, you may come to the school to pick up your student if you choose. In general, we encourage you to allow your student to continue the school day as normal, and to come home in the manner that he or she normally does.

What happens in an internal lockdown? What should parents do?

  • Internal lockdowns are ordered when a potential threat is known or suspected to be in the school building. All external and classroom doors are locked, shades are drawn and students are instructed to get under their desks. Except for law enforcement personnel, no one is allowed to enter or leave the building, unless escorted by the police. If the lockdown continues past the normal release time for school, transportation will be delayed until the lockdown is lifted.

    Parents, please do NOT come to the school during the lockdown. You will not be able to enter the building, nor will your student be allowed to leave with you. In attempting to come to the building, you may endanger yourself by getting in the way of police activity and you may hinder the movement of emergency vehicles and personnel. We also ask that you do not call the school during the lockdown, so that we may keep telephone lines open for any emergency calls.

    When the lockdown is over, school district staff will send you a message about when and where you may pick up your student. Depending on the nature of the emergency, school officials may or may not decide to continue the school day normally. Again, parents will be notified of changes in the schedule and the status of the lockdown via the district’s emergency call-out system and with updates on this website. Translated messages will be posted and sent in as timely a manner as possible.

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