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    Keeping students safe


    Used by most school districts nationwide when an armed intruder enters a school building or grounds, the protocol directs staff and students to:

     Sound a lockdown alert


     Lock classroom doors

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     Turn out the lights

     Hide in a far corner of the classroom

     Remain calm and quiet inside the building and wait for help

     Not make independent decisions during the emergency



    Standing for “Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate” and used in about 300 school districts nationwide for its “enhanced lockdown options,” the program:

     Authorizes staff and students to actively make decisions and take action to save their own lives as a crisis unfolds

     Recommends locking down in a secure room if possible

     Trains students to barricade classroom doors with furniture


     Trains students to evacuate the building whenever feasible, including from windows

    Includes a controversial “counter” component that instructs students, if all else fails, to throw objects, confuse and even physically attack the shooter

    SOURCES: Massachusetts Juvenile Police ­Officer’s Association; Response Options