Hold



Called when a situation requires that students remain in their classrooms or in another area, in order to keep hallways clear and away from an incident or situation.

Action:
When hallways need to be cleared; subsequent bells and any/all scheduled class changes are disregarded. Movement throughout building is stopped until all-clear is given.

Public Address:
“Hold in your classroom” and is repeated twice each time the public address is performed. Be aware if there is a need to add additional directives to any students that are not in a classroom, at lunch or some other location where they should remain until the hold is lifted. For example: “Hold in your classroom! Clear the hallways! Hold in your classroom. Clear the Hallways!”

  • Students are trained to remain in current location until hold “all clear” is announced.
  • All activities continue as usual in current location to the extent possible.
  • Teachers/staff are trained to recover students from hallways.
  • Place a sign on the main entry notifying parents and other visitors that the drill is in progress and that their access if restricted until the drill is over.
  • Lock classroom door.
  • Accountability protocols should be initiated.
  • Designate time after the drill for teachers to debrief with students and other staff members, as well as administration.