This Incident Updates page provides important information about safety, health, and other pertinent topics in addition to the latest updates about school related safety incidents. Updates on this page will not replace other forms of emergency communication, but this serves as a place for parents to find more information concerning timely issues. It’s essential that you continue to check your phone, email and ParentSquare app for up to date information.
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Be Informed and Prepared
Hutto ISD uses the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) safety program. Staff members are trained in the protocol, and students and staff participate in regular drills. SRP is based on five actions: Hold, Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate and Shelter. SRP provides a common language for both schools and local law enforcement agencies.
When our families are educated regarding Hutto ISD’s Safety Response Protocols, it helps us to better prioritize our students' safety in the event of a crisis.
HOLD: In your Room or Area.
During a Hold, students will remain in the classroom, and classroom doors will remain locked. Inside the classroom, it will be business as usual.
A Hold could be used during a medical situation, for example, so halls can be cleared in case outside medical assistance is required. Also, an altercation in the hallway may require keeping students out of the halls until it is resolved. There may be a need for students who are not in a classroom to proceed to an area where they can be supervised and remain safe.
SECURE: Get Inside, Lock Outside Doors.
Secure is called when there is a threat or hazard outside of the school building. Students and staff are brought into the building,and the outside doors will be locked. Inside, it will be business as usual. This could be a police situation in the area such as a warrant being served or a police chase in the immediate neighborhood, or a dangerous animal in the playground. Secure uses the security of the physical facility to act as protection.
SECURE AND HOLD
Sometimes people become confused about the difference between “Secure” and “Hold.” During a Hold, the halls are cleared, students remain in their classrooms with their teachers and business continues as usual. If people are outside, they remain outside.
During a Secure, people are brought inside, and all activities inside the school continue as usual but no one will move in or out of the building. The main difference is that during a Secure the halls are open and may be utilized by students and staff as needed. People inside the school may not notice any difference in their daily routines during a Secure. Remember, the main difference between the two is that a Secure is enacted when a threat or hazard is outside of the school. A Hold is used when there is a need for the halls to remain empty, meaning the issue is inside the building. During both instances, classroom instruction should continue as normal.
LOCKDOWN: Locks, Lights, Out of Sight.
A Lockdown is called when there is a threat or hazard inside of the building. Students and staff are trained to enter or remain in a room that can be locked, and maintain silence. A Lockdown is only initiated when there is an active threat inside or very close to the building. From parental custody disputes, to intruders or an active assailant, Lockdown uses classroom and school security.
The Lockdown Action demands locking interior doors, moving occupants out of the line of sight of corridor windows, turning off lights to make the room seem unoccupied, and having occupants maintain silence. If students are unable to get behind a locked door, they are trained to self-evacuate. If your child contacts you to let you know that they safely self-evacuated, please contact the District Emergency Number at 512-759-2059 to notify us your child is safe.
EVACUATE: To a location
Evacuate is called when there is a need to move people from one location to another for safety reasons.
An on-site evacuation is conducted usually because of a mechanical failure that would disrupt the school day, such as a power outage or water disruption. If it can’t be resolved quickly, the school may have to plan for early dismissal. An offsite evacuation may be necessary when it’s no longer safe to stay in the building such as a gas leak or bomb threat. In this case, people will be allowed to bring their personal items with them. If there has been a violent event at the school, an off-site evacuation will almost always be necessary since the school will be deemed a crime scene. People may or may not be able to bring their personal items with them.
REUNIFICATION AFTER AN EVACUATION
When the students and staff are evacuated off-site, they may be walking to a different location or being transported to the location and there will be an organized reunification of students and parents/guardians at that site. For in-depth information about conducting a Reunification, please refer to The Standard Reunification Method: https://iloveuguys.org/The-Standard-ReunificationMethod.html
SHELTER: State the Hazard and Safety Strategy
Shelter is called when specific protective actions are needed based on a threat or hazard. Training should include response to threats such as tornadoes, earthquakes, hazardous materials situations or other local threats.
HAZARDS MAY INCLUDE
• Severe weather
• Hazmat spill or release
SAFETY STRATEGIES MAY INCLUDE
• Evacuate to Shelter area
• Seal the room
• Drop, cover and hold
• Get to high ground
IMPORTANT: Any of the above types of emergencies could result in delays in the normal drop-off or release schedule for a campus.
We will provide frequent updates to families with schedule changes and drop-off or pick-up locations in the incident updates portion of this page.
Hutto ISD Anonymous Alerts
Anonymous Alerts anti-bullying and safety app reporting system helps combat bullying and other negative activity in schools by empowering students to speak up. Students or parents can submit reports such as bullying, cyberbullying, depression, dating violence, drug or alcohol use, threats against the school, weapons on campus and more.
• Download the Anonymous Alerts® app for free from the Apple Store, Google Play store, or the Chrome store
• Start the App, enter login: hippos and password: hippos
• Send important reports to school officials
In an emergency, always call 911.
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REUNIFICATION WITH STUDENTS
Because things move quickly during emergency events, we cannot share in advance where everyone should go after the emergency has passed. We know this information is critical so our only goal will be to communicate a meeting location to you as quickly as possible.
As soon as it's safe, we will do everything we can to get you and your child reunited quickly. We will communicate the location, what you need to bring, where to report and anything else you need to know so you and your loved one can be reunited. Follow all instructions from law enforcement.
What type of communication can you expect if there are weather emergencies?
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Should parents come to the school during a Secure event?
What if parents need to pick up their student and the school is in Secure status?
What type of communication can you expect if my child’s school goes to a Lockdown status?
Should parents come to the school during a Lockdown?
Should parents text their students during a Lockdown?
What type of communication can you expect if my child’s school goes to an Evacuate status?
What type of communication can you expect if my child’s school goes to a Shelter status?
Should I head straight to the school in an emergency?
What type of drills will my student’s school do?
How do I report safety concerns to my student’s campus?
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