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Ill. Schools Coordinate Emergency Response Plan with First Responders

News Oct 04, 2017

Oct. 03—There is a renewed emphasis in all Logan County schools on taking a proactive approach when dealing with an emergency situation.

Lincoln City Police Officer and Lincoln Community High School Resource Officer Tim Butterfield is on a mission to meet with all schools in Logan County to roll out a new standard response protocol for grades K-12 that will provide specific details to teachers and administrators for emergency situations. The protocol goes into effect at the end of October.

Butterfield said the idea came from a seminar he attended where Ellen and John-Michael Keyes shared their daughter’s story after she was killed in a school tragedy.

“Simply put, they didn’t want for someone else to go through what they had gone through and created the I Love U Guys Foundation as a way [to] get all first responders, students and staff all on the same page.”

Butterfield said many schools have a “code blue” or crisis plan in place, but plans vary from school to school and many are not shared with first responders.

“There is no consistency and by implementing this program, all schools as well as first responders will know a certain protocol to follow,” said Butterfield.

Signs with various icons provide directions to the new standard response protocol and will soon be displayed in every classroom in Logan County.

For example, a “lockout” asks students to come inside and instructs teachers to lock their outside doors.

“One thing, by using this program, is that anyone can call the lockout because it saves time in keeping everyone safe,” said Butterfield, who added that events that might trigger a lockout could be a wild animal seen outside.

“No one is to go in or out and there is a blue hands icon that should be attached to the door. The 9-1-1 dispatcher should be notified and teachers should take attendance, but then continue with business as usual,” said Butterfield.