Over the last week, you’ve heard local school districts using the terms “lockout,” “lockdown” and “shelter in place” quite often.
To clear up any possible confusion, we wanted to explain what each of the terms mean.
A lockout means that there is a possible threat outside the school, and nobody is allowed to go in or out of the building until it is lifted. During lockouts, all activities inside the school continue as normal.
During a lockdown, there is a perceived threat inside the school, or directed at the school. The hallways are cleared and classroom doors are locked, and students must stay away from doors and windows.
A shelter-in-place is enacted when it may be harmful to leave the building, or there is not time to evacuate.