Standard Response Protocols (Drills)
All West Linn-Wilsonville School District schools and students are instructed on emergency procedures so that everyone can respond to an emergency without confusion or panic. All students and staff drill the emergency procedures several times each year. West Linn-Wilsonville utilizes drills and procedures developed and described by The "I Love You Guys" Foundation. Drills that are regularly practiced in the district include:
- Lock Down: A Lock Down secures students, staff, and volunteers within classrooms while leaving entrances open for emergency personnel and law enforcement to clear the building.
- Secure: A Secure secures and locks the building's entryways while safely sheltering all students, staff, and visitors inside the school building. This drill allows the school day to continue within the building.
- Evacuate: An Evacuation requires students, staff, and visitors to relocate to another area in the event of a fire, earthquake, or other emergency situation.
- Shelter: A Shelter requires students and staff to take shelter inside the school in the event that hazardous materials are released into the atmosphere, or extreme weather circumstances exist.
- Hold: A Hold is used in situations that require students to remain in their classrooms. For example, a medical issue may require only one are ato be cleared, with halls still open in case outside medical assistance is required. The school day continues as usual during a "Hold".
Drills must be performed according to prescribed timelines in law, code, and administrative rules. The district tracks the performance of these drills and helps schools ensure that they comply. Fire drills are also tracked and must be performed monthly with the first one being within 10 days of the first day of school.