Before school begins each year, a schedule of emergency drills is created. Some of the drills practiced throughout the school year include: fire, earthquake, bomb threat, shelter-in-place, reunification and lock-down or lock-out drills. Upon completion of each drill, schools report the event to the Tooele County School District Office where a formal record is kept.
In addition to the District’s safety policies, the State of Utah also has a set of rules that all schools must follow regarding school emergencies and safety. For example, it is a requirement for elementary schools to conduct an emergency drill at least once a month during school hours and junior high and high schools must conduct a drill at least quarterly. All schools must practice a fire drill within the first 10 days after school has started, (Utah Rule R277-400).
In addition to conducting drills, all our schools use the same terminology in an emergency. The specific language used is called the Standard Response Protocol. The SRP language is also used by emergency responders to prevent any confusion. The four SRP terms are Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuate and Shelter.
- Lockout is followed by the Directive: "Get Inside. Lock Outside Doors" and is the protocol used to safeguard students and staff within the building.
- Lockdown is followed by "Locks, Lights, Out of Sight" and is the protocol used to secure individual rooms and keep students quiet and in place.
- Evacuate is always followed by a location and is used to move students and staff from one location to a different location in or out of the building.
- Shelter is always followed by a type and a method and is the protocol for group and self-protection
For more information about the Standard Response Protocol, go to https://iloveuguys.org/srp.html
The District is also part of the Utah Schools Critical Incident Commission. The UTSCIC was created to advocate for collaboration across the school districts of Utah and beyond. The UTSCIC has developed tools and materials for schools to use that follow the SRP terminology. The products and resources created are for school staff, students, parents and the community to use for a consistent approach to school safety. For more information visit: https://risk.utah.gov/utah-schools-critical-incident-commission/
We encourage families to discuss and reinforce this information at home. We appreciate your efforts in helping keep our schools safe and helping us create a learning environment for all.
Principal Jeffery Wyatt
Dugway K-12 School and Vernon Elementary School