Reaching for Excellence: 2014-15 - The Start of a New Beginning
Community Engagement and Quality Improvement Division
Community Engagement and Quality Improvement
16717 Ella Blvd.
Houston, Texas
77090-4299
Tel: 281-586-1140
Fax: 281-586-1141
Common Terms for Crisis Response
Shelter in place
This procedure is used in any situation other than weather that may be a hazard to health or life threatening. This means all windows and doors are locked and the heating/air conditioning (HVAC) system is shut down. No one is allowed to enter or leave a building that has activated SHELTER IN PLACE procedures. This means parents will not be able to pick up children from school. It is safer to keep the students inside the building rather than expose them to possible harm by allowing them to leave the building. Once the “ALL CLEAR” is given, students and teachers will return to their regular activities or a parent/student reunification (student pickup) program may be initiated. If a school is sheltering in place, parents should also shelter in place at home.
Shelter in place, Weather Only
This procedure is used when weather conditions exist that may place a school or schools in immediate danger. Students and staff are sheltered inside buildings away from outside windows or doors. Buildings are open for entry only. There is no exit until the “ALL CLEAR” is given. When the “ALL CLEAR” is given, normal activities may resume or a parent/student reunification (student pickup) program may be initiated.
Lockdown
This procedure is used when an intruder invades the premises or there is an imminent danger to the campus. All doors, windows, and classrooms are locked. Students and teachers remain in their classrooms until the “ALL CLEAR” signal is given. Under lockdown procedure, no one will be allowed to enter or leave the building. Parents will not be allowed to pick up children from school. The local authorities will provide assistance, if needed. Once the “ALL CLEAR” is given, students and teachers will return to their regular activities or the parent/student reunification (student pickup) process will go into effect.
Terrorism
According to federal law, terrorism is the unlawful use of force or violence committed against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.
Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
According to the FBI, weapons of mass destruction may be simply defined as:
• Destructive devices
• Chemical weapons
• Biological weapons
• Nuclear/radiological weapons
Reunification/Child Pickup
Based on reports from emergency personnel, the danger or threat has passed and the area is safe for children and parents. The district/school will identify the locations, time and checkout process for parents to pick up children.
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