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9 Tips for More Effective School Lockdowns

9. Room clear protocols can also be important.

Schools must have a mechanism to quickly clear students from a room where there is a threat.  One district we work with uses the room clear procedure to send students to another part of the school quickly during a small crisis that does not require a school-wide evacuation but does necessitate crowbar moving students away from a dangerous situation.  For example, when a student or a staff member has a medical emergency in a classroom, cafeteria or media center, the room clear protocol allows a staff member to quickly and safely send students to a pre-determined area nearby where they will be supervised by another staff member.

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