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Emergency Response Poster

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Emergency Protocols

lockdown vs. lockout icons

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.
Because they occur routinely, parents are not usually notified of 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, OR EMAIL INSTEAD-. Phone calls tie up phone lines that should be available for first responders. Staff will be addressing student safety and may not be available to answer calls. The VUSD Communication Department will contact parents as soon as possible with information about campus emergencies. Information is also usually posted in the VUSD Facebook page and VUSD website homepage.
  • BE CALM AND PATIENT- VUSD works closely with the Vacaville Police Department on emergencies; student safety always comes first. Occasionally, circumstances require that communication to parents 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.  They are experts in emergency response and investigations. VUSD will communicate status updates immediately to parents whenever possible. 
  • UPDATES FROM YOUR STUDENT- If possible, teachers will encourage students to contact their parents to let them know they are okay. Sometimes this will not be possible.
  • KEEP YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION CURRENT- Update your contact info with the school office. VUSD will notify parents of incidents on campus as soon as possible via text, and email or occasionally phone messages. 

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.

SRP Lockdown

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.

SRP Lockout

LOCKOUT “Secure the Perimeter” Lock the doors, nobody in or out and conduct the school day

business as usual.

SRP Evacuate 


Fire EvacuationEVACUATE, 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.

SRP Shelter


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.