The Standard Response Protocol is described in this poster and featuring logos on left.

When incidents requiring action arise at Columbus Public Schools, the district turns to its Standard Response Protocol. The action-based plan helps CPS communicate effectively to teachers, parents and community.

Columbus Public Schools superintendent Dr. Troy Loeffelholz describes each scenario and the actions that affected schools will take when issued.

The SRP consists of five key terms: Hold, Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate, and Shelter. Each term corresponds to a set of actions designed to maximize safety.

  1. Hold: In this scenario, all hallways will be cleared, and students will remain in their classrooms until an "all clear" is announced. Classroom activities will continue as usual, and teachers will lock the doors.
  2. Secure: This term is used when a potential threat is identified outside the school building. All exterior doors will be locked, and students and staff will continue their activities inside the school.
  3. Lockdown: This is initiated when there is a direct threat inside the school. Students are instructed to move away from sight, maintain silence, and not open doors. Teachers will lock classroom doors, turn off lights, and ensure that all students are accounted for.
  4. Evacuate: In certain situations, it may be necessary to leave the school building. The evacuation location will be specified by the building principal and is included in student handbooks.
  5. Shelter: This is used for situations requiring students and staff to stay in one place, such as during a tornado or hazardous material spill. Teachers will guide students on the appropriate safety measures to take.
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We encourage parents and guardians to discuss these terms with their children and emphasize the importance of following instructions during drills and real-life emergencies. Together, we can create a safer and more secure learning environment for everyone.