The LOCKOUT action is used most often at school sites. This means all doors are locked and class is continuing, "business as usual" inside. Students are not in danger during a LOCKOUT.
Notes for Parents
Things Parents Should Know:
- DO NOT GO TO A SCHOOL CAMPUS DURING AN EMERGENCY. VUSD staff and parents are asked to stay clear of school sites during an emergency. The presence of bystanders can complicate matters for emergency responders, making it more difficult to effectively managing the scene for our students.
- DO NOT CALL A SCHOOL SITE FOR INFORMATION. CHECK YOUR TEXT, EMAIL AND VOICEMAIL INSTEAD. Phone calls tie up phone lines that should be available for first responders. Staff will be addressing student safety and may not be unavailable to answer calls. The VUSD Communication Department will contact parents as soon as possible with information about campus emergencies.
- If possible, teachers will encourage students to contact their parents to let them know they are okay. Sometimes this will not be possible.
- Update your contact info with the school office. VUSD will notify parents of incidents on campus as soon as possible via text, email, and phone message.
- VUSD works closely with the Vacaville Police Department on emergencies. Vacaville PD are experts in emergency response and investigations. Both VUSD and the Police Department are committed to communicating immediately and comprehensively whenever possible. Occasionally, circumstances require that communication be delayed or limited. We ask that parents support and respect the judgment of our law enforcement officers who work to ensure the safety of our students.
School Emergency Actions
Keeping Students Safe
Vacaville Unified School District and the City of Vacaville Police Department are continuously enhancing student safety. VUSD has implemented a safety program called Standard Response Protocol (SRP) that allows all agencies to react and communicate effectively during an emergency. In the event of an emergency, the action and appropriate direction will be announced on the school intercom system.
LOCKDOWN – “Locks, Lights, Out of Sight” Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and hide. Stay
hidden until administration or police enter the room and give further instructions.
LOCKOUT – “Secure the Perimeter” Lock the doors, nobody in or out and conduct the school day
business as usual.
EVACUATE, ON or OFF SITE - “To the Announced Location” Some evacuations will be to a safe location on the school site, others will be to an off-campus location. Evacuation may be started with a fire alarm siren, not an announcement on the school intercom.
SHELTER – “For a Hazard Using a Safety Strategy” This would be used in the case of an earthquake, weather
event or other natural disaster.
If an evacuation is ever necessary, the students, staff and administration will be picked up and transported to a reunification site. We will be following the Standard Reunification Method to reunite you with your student. Parents will be provided with reunification information via text, email and phone message.