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Standard Response Protocol

"I Love You Guys" Foundation - Standard Response Protocol

The “I Love U Guys” Foundation’s crisis response programs and post-crisis reunification are used in more than 30,000 schools, districts, departments, agencies, organizations, and communities worldwide. They are created through the research-based best practices of school administrators, psychologists, public space safety experts, families, and first responders. We’re a powerful conduit uniting this work.

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Standard Response Protocol

•Hold, Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate, Shelter

•Easy to understand, easy to implement, action-based

•Developed hand-in-hand with school administrators, psychologists, public space safety experts, families, and first responders, the programs are both research and experience-based. 

•See the media below for expanded explanations, updates, and applications to real-world scenarios

Whats New 2021/2022 

(no updates for 22/23 school year)

• Addition of “Hold” protocol

•“Lockout” has been changed to “Secure” 

•”Lockout” is too similar to “Lock Down”

• Avoids panic and confusion

•”Secure” is used for situations happening outside of school in the surrounding community

     eg. law enforcement activity in the area, bear in the area, etc.


Standard Response Protocol Explained

•Hold in your room or area

•Secure get inside, lock outside doors

•Lockdown Locks, lights, Out of sight

•Evacuate to a location

•Shelter for hazards, using safety strategy

     eg. tornado, wildfire, flood.

Real World Lock Down Drills

•Happen periodically throughout the year

•Work in conjunction with local law enforcement

•Educate and empower students to create a muscle memory of

 what to do to keep themselves safe in case of crisis

SRP Poster

The Standard Response Protocol was developed by the "I Love U Guys" Foundation, headed by John-Michael Keyes and his wife Ellen-Stoddard Keyes, as a result of the tragic and unfortunate death of their daughter Emily Keyes on September 27th, 2006 at Platte Canyon High School. On that day, a gunman entered the high school, held seven girls hostage, and ultimately shot and killed Emily Keyes. During the time she was held hostage, she sent her parents text messages..."I Love You Guys" and "I Love U Guys, K?" The "I Love U Guys" Foundation was created to restore and protect the joy of youth through educational programs and positive actions in collaboration with families, schools, communities, organizations, and government agencies.