Escambia County School District publishes school lockdown instructions

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Students, parents, and communities in Escambia County now have explicit details of what to expect in the event of a school lockdown.

The Escambia County School District has published instructions on their website outlining what those affected should do during what the district now calls an “Elevated Security Notification”.

Read the instructions from the Escambia County School District website below:

What to Expect In the Event of a School Elevated Security Notification


  • Stay calm and alert.
  • Follow the directions given to you by teachers and staff.
  • Refrain from speculating on the event and broadcasting via cell phone or social media. Misinformation can aggravate the situation.
  • In the event of an evacuation, remain calm and follow the directions of school staff and law enforcement.
  • You will be reunited with your parents as soon as practical.


  • Teachers and staff have been trained to handle emergencies that affect your student’s school.
  • There will be no student checkout during an event.
  • DO NOT attempt to access your student at the school during an event.
  • Information provided by staff and students in the school during any event is generally incomplete and sometimes inaccurate. Refrain as much as possible from reacting to any information not originating from local authorities
  • Remember, in most cases, school security is elevated as a precautionary measure because of an external threat or because of law enforcement activity in the vicinity of your student’s school not because of activity on campus.
  • Normal school activities will be impacted by security-related events.
  • Status updates will be provided by the District.


  • Be alert and report suspicious activity to local law enforcement.
  • Consider your ability to assist with recovery efforts if community support is requested.

Earlier this month, Escambia County School District Superintendent Malcolm Thomas told Channel 3's Sue Straughn what typically prompts a lockdown at a school and the long-term effects that lockdowns have on students.

You can also read advice from local officials about what you can do to stop school threats HERE.

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