Lincoln Public Schools Changes Emergency Response Protocol

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LINCOLN, Neb.-- Starting this school year, Lincoln Public Schools is changing their emergency response protocol.

The new protocol is a clearly defined and consistent response to various school incidents.

The district will start using four, consistent actions that can be performed during emergencies. Those include Lockout (secure the perimeter). Lockdown (locks, lights, out of sight), Evacuate (to the announced location) and Shelter (using announced type and method).

Schools will no longer be using terms like code red.

Security Director Joe Wright says the new protocol will allow staff and students to be on the same page and not have to interpret a term like code red.

Wright adds that plain language will allow people to be quicker and more efficient when responding to emergencies.

Principals have already been trained on the new protocol and will teach their staff and students once the school year begins.