Lockdown Procedure

When an external and immediate danger is identified and it is determined that the students should be kept securely inside the building the Chief Warden on-site will take charge and activate the Emergency Management Team if necessary.

  • Call 000 for emergency services and seek and follow advice.
  • Initiate the lock-down process:
    • Find the nearest inside area.
    • Close and lock external doors.
    • Close and lock (where possible) internal doors and windows.
    • Shut door and window blinds where available.
    • Remain in room and be quiet.
    • Where possible stay below eye level.
    • Turn all mobile phones to SILENT.
  • If available, allocate staff to be posted at locked doors to allow students, staff and visitors to enter if locked out.
  • Divert parents and returning groups from the school if required.
  • Ensure a telephone line is kept free.
  • Keep public address system free.
  • Keep main entrance as the only entry point.  It must be constantly monitored, if safe to do so, and no unauthorised people allowed access.
  • If safe to do so, have a staff member wait at the main entry to the school to guide emergency services personnel. 
  • As appropriate, ascertain that all students, staff and visitors are accounted for.
  • As appropriate, confirm with emergency services personnel that it is safe to return to normal operations.
  • Seek advice from Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) if required. 
  • Maintain a record of actions/decisions undertaken and times.
  • Contact parents as required.