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The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) for K-12 Schools

Plan. Prepare. Practice.

A uniform, planned, and practiced response to any incident is the foundation of a safe school. The SRP is action-based, flexible, and easy to learn. It rationally organizes tactics for response to weather events, fires, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety. 

The SRP’s development is ever evolving, created with extensive collaboration between experts such as first responders, school districts, and families. Its tactics are data-driven, researched and based on experience and best practices.

Versions and Updates

  • The current version of the SRP is SRP-2021.
  • SRP-2021 adds the action “Hold” to what was previously the four actions in earlier SRP versions.
    • “Hold” was previously in the SRP Extended version. SRP Extended is no longer necessary.
  • SRP-2021 also replaces the action “Lockout” with “Secure.”

Simple and Actionable

The SRP premise is simple. Five specific actions are communicated and performed during an incident. Each action is labeled with a “Term of Art” and is followed by a “Directive.” Execution of the action is performed by all active participants, including students, staff, teachers and first responders. This aligns everyone for a swift and coordinated response.

hold action iconHold is followed by “In Your Room or Area, Clear the Halls” and is used when the hallways need to kept clear of occupants and staff

secure action iconSecure is followed by the Directive: “Get Inside. Lock Outside Doors” and is the protocol used to safeguard students and staff within the building.

lockdown action iconLockdown 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 action iconEvacuate 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 action iconShelter is always followed by a type and a method and is the protocol for group and self protection.


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Printed materials are available for purchase. You do not need pre-printed materials to use any of our programs. You can print them yourself, or use the files electronically. Contact us for pricing on 50 or more pre-printed materials.

K12 2021 Operational Guidance

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Operational Guidance

Guidance for schools, districts, departments and agencies. This is a general guide on incorporating and operating the Standard Response Protocol within a school safety plan.

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SRP-K12 Drill in Progress in English & Spanish

Use this poster on exterior doors and/or windows to alert visitors that a Lockdown Drill is in progress.

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SRP K12 Secure Door Poster in English & Spanish

The Secure poster can be placed near entrances during a Secure condition. If entry or exit is possible during Secure, use the Secure-Monitored Door poster.

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SRP K12 Secure Monitored Door Poster in English & Spanish

The Secure poster can be placed near entrances during a Secure condition. If entry or exit is possible during Secure, use the Secure-Monitored Door poster.

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K-12 Classroom poster

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SRP-K12 2021 Poster

This poster was created to print and place on walls to remind everyone of the different SRP actions, and allow teachers to start the conversation about SRP with their students.

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SRP Public Address Poster

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SRP Public Address Poster

The Public Address poster is for placement near public address locations. This is a sample. Your district, department or agency should customize this poster for regional hazards. It is available to download in Microsoft Word Format.

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Cards and Handouts

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SRP-K12 2021 Parent Handout

An introduction to the SRP that gives parents the basics in a single handout.

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SRP-K12 2021 red/green cards

In a reunification, Red/Green Cards are used for quick, visual identification the status of the teachers’ classes. Use the one that best suits your school’s needs.

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SRP 2021 Pocket Guide

Basic SRP instruction that folds to the size of a business card for convenience.

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K12-T Classroom Training Presentation

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SRP K12-T Classroom Training Download

The Standard Response Protocol presentation to deliver to your organization. Available in Keynote for Mac and PowerPoint.

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SRP K12-T Classroom Instructor Guide

The workbook has been designed to assist presenters in learning the SRP presentation.

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Middle/High School Video

This video was produced as an addition to the SRP-T Classroom Training Presentation.

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Lockdown Drill

The Lockdown Drill video was produced for viewing by students and staff as part of the Classroom Training.

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2021 Updates to the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) for School Safety Video

The “I Love U Guys” Foundation’s Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is used in over 30,000 schools nationwide to guide their school safety programs, helping train for and respond to a variety of school crises. The SRP 2021 contains several critical updates based on evidence and data gathered in the field.

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SRP PK-2 V2 Curriculum Workbook

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Video: Tina and Huff

This short video shows how the SRP actions can be trained using additional hand gestures. Note that this was created using the Lockout action, but the motions are the same.

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Video: Hays County, TX PreK-2 Video

In this engaging, animated video geared towards students in Pre-K through 2nd grade, Mrs. Rabbit and her class of eager young learners share the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) for emergency events with students. Note that this was created using the Lockout action

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