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Huntley 158 Emergency Procedure Terms

Lockdown: A lockdown is declared when, in the opinion of an administrator, Campus Resource Officer, or staff member, a situation exists that threatens the safety of students and staff and requires them to take appropriate protective action – locking down in a classroom, hiding from the danger or safely getting out of the building.

Hold in Place and Teach: This protocol is enacted when there is a situation inside the building that requires immediate action for all persons to remain in place. It is non-life threatening to the general population and to the school.

Secure the Building and Teach: This protocol is enacted when there is a situation outside the building that requires all persons to remain inside the school building.

Severe Weather/Shelter in Place: This protocol is enacted when there is a severe weather/tornado warning indicated in the area of the school(s). All staff and students, inside or outside of the school, will be advised to move to their designated safe areas within the school. Should a severe weather/tornado warning occur at dismissal time, students will be kept in the building until conditions improve or an all-clear signal is issued. In the event buses are in transit and a severe weather/tornado warning is announced, buses will go to the closest school building or predetermined location based on movement of the potential weather.

Tornado Watch: A tornado watch is used when conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form.

Tornado Warning: A tornado warning is used when a tornado funnel is sighted or indicated by weather radar. Shelter should be taken immediately.

What should parents/guardians do in the event of an emergency?

While it is natural for parents and guardians to want to go to their child’s school in the event of an emergency, doing so may actually be counterproductive to emergency response measures. To ensure that school officials and emergency responders are able to do their jobs in keeping students safe during an emergency, family members should refrain from coming to their child’s school unless/until notified via phone, text, or email from the school district.

  • Please do not call or rush to your child’s school because the phone lines and staff are needed for emergency response efforts.
  • Please do not call your child. Staff and students are discouraged from using cell phone communication for safety reasons.
  • Please wait for communication from your child’s school or the district, which will provide you with information and direction on how to proceed.