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A safe and sound strategy

Tuesday offered a reminder of the need for emergency policies.

Belle Fourche’s South Park Elementary School was placed in a lockdown state after gun-shot like sounds were reported in the area. The noises turned out to be nothing more than a vehicle backfiring in the area and students were in no imminent danger, but swift action by the school and law enforcement was warranted.

ASBSD urges school boards to review and, if necessary, rewrite their safety policies, including lockdown procedures.

Here is a sample lockdown policy available for review in ASBSD’s online Policy Reference Manual:


Sample Policy


In some emergency situations, an evacuation of a building and/or classroom is not advisable. These include a hostile intruder, hazardous release outside, terrorist attack or criminal activity near he school.

General emergency lockdown procedures are as follows:

An emergency lockdown will be announced by intercom or other voice communication.

If a situation that may require an emergency lockdown is discovered, the individual making the discovery shall immediately contact police/security and provide as much information as possible.

Fire evacuation alarms are not to be sounded.


1.       Lock classroom and other doors.

2.       Close windows and window treatments.

3.       Turn off the lights.

4.       Everyone is to remain quiet and not enter hallways.

5.       Should the fire alarm sound, do not evacuate the building unless:

a) You have first-hand knowledge that there is a fire in the building, or

b) You have been advised by police/security to evacuate the building.

6.       Move students out of sight from doors and windows.

7.       Students in hallways are to seek shelter in the nearest classroom.

8.       Students in outdoor areas should immediately take cover. Return to the gym if is safe to do so. If the threat is outdoors on campus grounds, all outdoor activities should be cancelled.


Lockdowns drills will take place periodically.

Note: ASBSD sample policies are intended to be a guide for school districts. A username and password is required to access the manual. Contact Policy Services Associate Kay Thompson-Tieszen via email to acquire a subscription. The service is free to ASBSD member districts.
“Providing a safe environment for students to learn in begins with strong safety policies and procedures,” Executive Director Wade Pogany said.
In May, ASBSD will publish an edition of Policy Matters with a focus on school safety, which will include insight on the best school safety policies and procedures and our sample policies.
To subscribe to the publication, email Tyler at tpickner@asbsd.org.

For updates on the publication date check the ASBSD Blog.

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