It is up to us all—parents, students, staff members, law enforcement and the entire community—to guide our students, provide education and resources to assist families, and keep our schools & community a safe, respectful environment for all. We encourage you to learn more about the information and tools available so we can work together in keeping kids safe.

For information on school-based health services for students, please visit:

Standard Response Protocol (SRP)

Easy to understand.
Easy to implement.

A uniform, planned, and practiced response to any incident is the foundation of a safe school.The SRP is action-based, flexible, and easy to learn. It rationally organizes tactics for response to weather events, fires, accidents, intruders and other threats to personal safety.

The SRP’s development is ever-evolving, created with extensive collaboration between experts such as first responders, public safety, school, districts, and communities. Its tactics are data-driven, researched and based on experience and contemporary practices.

On the Same Page. Everyone.

The benefits of SRP become quickly apparent. By standardizing the vocabulary, all stakeholders can understand the response and status of the event.

SRP is Action Based

The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is based on the response to any given situation not on individual scenarios. Like the Incident Command System (ICS), SRP demands a specific vocabulary but also allows for great flexibility. The premise is simple – these five specific actions that can be performed during an incident:

Hold Hold is followed by the Directive: “In Your Room or Area” and is the protocol used when hallways need to kept clear of occupants.
Hold Secure is followed by the Directive: “Get Inside. Lock Outside Doors” and is the protocol used to safeguard people within the building.
Hold Lockdown is followed by “Locks, Lights, Out of Sight” and is the protocol used to secure individual rooms and keep occupants quiet and in place.
Hold Evacuate and may be followed by a location, and is used to move people from one location to a different location in or out of the building.
Hold Shelter State the Hazard and Safety Strategy for group and self protection.


In the event of a situation that requires an emergency closure of a school day that is already in progress, a ‘Reunification’ process may be necessary in order to safely release students in an organized fashion. This may occur at the school if the campus is secure & habitable; otherwise, students would be transported to an alternate location that would be announced to parents in real time. While high school students generally have a higher degree of self-management in getting to & from school, a catastrophic event could result in self-transport being difficult, dangerous, or even impossible. We encourage families to discuss emergency preparedness and to have a plan for an array of scenarios that may occur while a student is away from home. Read more about Reunification processes here.

Guns in School Buildings or on School Grounds Prohibited Reunification 

Firearms are not allowed in 4J school buildings or on its school grounds. In 2022, the school board amended its policy to extend that prohibition to include guns carried by concealed handgun license holders. Board Policy KGBB is available for review at this link.

Tips for Parents

Update emergency contact information with the school office, including phone numbers to reach you and/or an authorized adult in the event of an emergency. Be sure to specify who else is allowed to pick up your student in the event that you cannot, no matter their age/grade. Familiarize yourself with school procedures and review them periodically. Read school newsletters, information from principal, phone messages, etc. to ensure you are aware of any changes, or information that pertains to school safety.

Reinforce the importance of safety with your child. Discuss safety plans for your family in the event of an emergency. Communication is a key factor in maintaining a safe environment. Stay informed of district procedures for communicating to families and the public in the event of an emergency and/or inclement weather.

Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

All citizens have a responsibility to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Members of the general public are encouraged to report suspected abuse or neglect. The Oregon Department of Human Services website provides public information on recognizing signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect, and reporting procedures for the general public.

  • DHS Child Abuse and Neglect — website
  • Child Abuse Reporting Hotline – 541-349-4444

If you know of someone who is in immediate danger, dial 911.

School Employees are Mandatory Reporters

Oregon state law, mandates that workers in certain professions must make reports if they have reasonable cause to suspect abuse or neglect. These people are called mandatory reporters and they are a crucial link in the system to protect Oregon’s most vulnerable residents.

All Eugene School District 4J staff are by law mandatory reporters. Staff are required to complete an annual training course with a review of signs of child abuse and official reporting procedures for mandatory reporters.

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