Anderson Community Schools (ACS) is committed to providing a safe environment for students, staff, and visitors.
In order to ensure that our schools are well prepared for an emergency, we work closely with various safety officials - police, fire, emergency medical services, and public health.
For the 2022-2023 school year, ACS has adopted a comprehensive plan called the Standard Response Protocol (SRP). This plan covers a wide variety of emergencies and serves as a guide that helps our staff and our public safety partners respond swiftly, should a crisis occur in our schools. This system, which is widely used by school districts across the country, is utilized to create common language and actions among staff, students, and first responders.
The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is based not on individual scenarios but on the response to any given situation. There are four specific actions that can be performed during an incident. When communicating these, the action is labeled with a "Term of Art" and is then followed by a "Directive." Execution of the action is performed by active participants, including students, staff, teachers and first responders.
- HOLD is followed by "In Your Classroom or Area" and is used when the hallways need to be kept clear of occupants and staff.
- SECURE is followed by the Directive: "Get Inside. Lock Outside Doors" and is the protocol used to safeguard students and staff within the building.
- LOCKDOWN is followed by "Locks, Lights, Out of Sight" and is the protocol used to secure individual rooms and keep students quiet and in place.
- EVACUATE is always followed by a location, and is used to move students and staff from one location to a different location in or out of the building
- SHELTER is always followed by a type and a method and is the protocol for group and self-protection.