Glossary of Safety Terms
Dublin City Schools works with local first responders to prepare emergency plans that are filed with the State of Ohio. Below are some commonly used safety terms:
Shelter In Place
Shelter In Place is a term used to seek safety within the building one already occupies, rather than to evacuate the area. Many times schools use a Shelter in Place for various reasons, some related to safety and others not. For example, there may be a time when a student needs to be isolated for a health issue. A principal may call a temporary Shelter in Place until that student’s needs can be addressed.
A lockdown is an emergency protocol that usually prevents people from leaving an area. The Principal or the Assistant Principal may initiate a Lockdown. Lockdowns are initiated to protect people inside a facility from a threat or other external event. All exterior doors are always locked, in addition, during a lockdown, all internal doors are locked and the occupants remain inside. Often times, sections of the school are quartered off if possible to further restrict movement within the building. At the end of the Lockdown, when the environment has been determined to be safe, the Principal or Assistant Principal unlocks the doors individually throughout the building.
An Evacuation takes place when there is a safety threat inside the building. An evacuation is similar to a fire drill with one exception, students are instructed to gather at one specific location upon exiting. This location may be a local church, Rec Center, park or other area away from the threat. The goal of an evacuation is to exit the building as quickly as possible through any exit to avoid the threat that is inside.
Reverse Evacuation into Lockdown
A Reverse Evacuation into Lockdown takes place when students are outside and there is a threat. Students are quickly called into the school and go immediately into lockdown in their classrooms or the nearest safe room.