The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) Helps Keep Our Staff and Students Safe

This was later determined part of a “swatting” incident that happened at many other Colorado schools at the same time. Swatting is when someone makes a false call to law enforcement, claiming an emergency situation and providing a real address for officers to respond to.  

The Durango School District is committed to creating a resilient and safe learning environment for all students on all our school campuses. A critical part of keeping schools safe is the uniform response to an incident. Weather events, fires, accidents, intruders, and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by school and district administration, and staff. 

The Durango School District uses the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) to respond to emergency situations. SRP is a nationally recognized protocol used by police, fire, EMS, schools, and other agencies to identify, respond to, and communicate efficiently during situations that arise. The SRP has five response types: Hold, Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate, and Shelter. It also contains a reunification process of student and family, if needed.

The Durango School District regularly trains on these protocols with local emergency services, staff and, in some cases students, to ensure that a safe, orderly process is in place to address any situation that may arise.