Standard Response Protocol (SRP)

  • In the event of an emergency, the Royse City ISD utilizes the Standard Response Protocol. Utilizing the all-hazards approach to emergencies, the SRP teaches students and teachers how to properly respond to an emergency situation. 


    Every emergency or crisis is different, but parents can be assured that their child's safety and well-being is of utmost importance to us. We work in collaboration with our police departments and local first responders to ensure that in the event of an emergency we are prepared to execute our plan.

    Emergency training and response plans are in place to make sure that students and staff know what to do in a crisis. Periodic practice drills are also given to ensure students and staff are prepared for an emergency.


    During emergency situations, it is imperative that parents wait for the guidance provided by Royse City ISD as student safety is at the forefront of our decision-making during any critical event. If an emergency occurs while school is in session, RCISD will take specific action to properly communicate with its stakeholders and keep our students and staff safe. This includes keeping you informed every step of the way through school messaging systems, our website, social media, and local media outlets.

    In addition to our EOP, the district also utilizes the Standard Response Protocol (SRP), created by the Colorado-based I Love You Guys Foundation, to simplify the district’s emergency response procedures. We believe this protocol helps foster a safe learning and working environment for all students and staff.

  • The following five actions are used to respond to an emergency situation:


    Hold - Our students and staff are instructed to clear the hallways and remain in classrooms with minimal classroom distraction or interruption until "All clear" is announced.   
    Examples include student, staff experiencing a medical condition in a hallway area; slippery hallway floor.


    Secure - The building is put in a secure mode based on activity in the surrounding area, not in the school or on school grounds.

    School staff will move all students and activities inside and ensure the building is locked while learning continues inside the school with minimal classroom interruption or distractions.
    Examples include law enforcement activity such as serving warrants in the neighborhood; suspect at large; report of dangerous wildlife.


    Lockdown - The building is put on lockdown due to perceived danger inside or very near the building. All students and staff are trained to get behind a locked door - Locks, Lights, Out of Sight.

    In the rare event that a student cannot get behind a locked door, they are trained in self-evacuation protocols.
    Examples include threat inside the school; emergency or dangerous situation very near the building.


    Evacuate - Our students and staff are moved to a new or safe location due to a situation in or near the school building.
    Examples include gas leak in the school; unsafe situation near school affecting release times.


    Shelter - Our students and staff are instructed to take safe shelter due to a situation in or near the school.
    Examples include tornado, hail, severe thunderstorm, other natural events or hazmat.


    There are specific ways parents and others in the community can help ensure campus safety at your school. These include:

    Enter and exit the building through the main entrance when visiting a campus.

    Always sign in at the front office to ensure that parents and other visitors are properly identified.

    Leave entrances and exits locked at all times. Exterior doors should not be propped open.

    Continue to be timely in picking up your child after school and after school functions so as not to leave the child waiting outside for a ride.


    Listen to your local television/radio stations and check the district website for information.

    As soon as possible, the district will activate its emergency call line to place a phone call explaining the situation to you. Please listen carefully to the message. There will be limited personnel available to answer phone calls from parents and phone lines may become overextended. Calling the school will tie up the phone lines and disrupt the flow of vital information between the school and authorities.

    When schools are in lockdown, please do not come to the school. A lockdown is designed to keep the children and staff inside the building away from harm. Entrances to the school are to be kept locked during this time.

    If your child reports to you that a drill took place at his/her campus that day, please take the opportunity to discuss the importance of drills and safety precautions.

    In the event of an emergency, students will be released to their families as soon as it is safe to do so. Local response personnel will determine when it is safe for the schools to begin releasing students. Only an authorized person as noted on the student forms on file in the school office will be able to pick up your child. A drivers license or other form of photo I.D. must be shown before staff can safely release your child. Note that in the event of an emergency, phone calls authorizing a students release to a person other than a parent or name on file will not be accepted.

    If the need arises to implement these safety protocols, cooperating with campus personnel in a calm manner will ensure safe and timely release for students.