Standard Response Protocol (SRP) Higher Education (HED)
The I Love U Guys Foundation (The Foundation) created its proprietary Standard Response Protocol (“SRP”) Higher Education (HED) for classroom response based on five actions. When communicating these actions, the action is labeled with a “Term of Art” and is then followed by a Directive. Execution of the action is performed by active participants, including students, staff, teachers, and first responders.
Purpose of Using Terms of Art:
By standardizing vocabulary, all stakeholders can understand the response and status of the event. For students, this provides continuity of expectations and actions throughout their educational career. For teachers and staff, this becomes a simpler process to train and drill. For first responders, the common vocabulary and protocols establish a greater predictability that persists through the duration of an incident. Parents can easily understand the practices and can reinforce the protocol. Additionally, this protocol enables rapid response determination when an unforeseen event occurs.
Terms of Art:
The “Term of Art” Hold is followed by the Directive “In your room or area” (or announce a location). The action is for the purpose of keeping halls and/or common areas clear until an incident is resolved.
The “Term of Art” Secure is followed by the Directive “Get Inside. Lock Outside Doors.” The action associated with Secure is to bring participants into the Building and secures the building’s outside perimeter by locking appropriate windows, doors, or other access points.
The “Term of Art” Lockdown is followed by the Directive “Locks, Lights, Out of Sight” The action associated with Lockdown is to secure individual classroom doors, move away from inside corridor line of sight and maintain silence until first responders release the room.
The “Term of Art” Evacuate is followed by the Directive “To a Location” (Where Location is announced.) The action associated with Evacuate is to move students and staff from one location to another.
The “Term of Art” Shelter is followed by the Directive “Type and Method” (Where Type is dictated by wather and other hazards which can be present in the region, and Method is an appropriate shelter method for those weather and other hazards.) The action associated with Shelter is dependent on the stated Type and Method.