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Parents Role During a Lockdown

What Should Parents Do in the Event of a Lockdown or Active School Threat?

While it is natural for parents to want to go to their child’s school in the event of a lockdown, active school threat, or other emergency, doing so may actually be counterproductive to emergency response measures. To ensure that school officials and emergency responders are able to do their jobs in keeping students safe during an emergency, family members should refrain from coming to their child’s school unless/until notified via phone, text, or email from the school district.

With each of the following points, please remember that it is vitally important that staff and students remain focused on the situation and emergency response protocols.  

  • Please do not call or rush to your child’s school.  The phone lines and staff are needed for emergency response efforts.

  • Please do not go to your child’s school to try to sign them out and please stay off school grounds. If already on school property at the time of an emergency, please remain in your vehicle or outside of the school and do not attempt to enter the school. School staff must remain focused on the emergency and protocols. 

  • Please do not call your child on their phone. Staff and students are discouraged from using cell phone communication for safety reasons.

  • Staff and students must remain focused on the situation and on emergency protocols. Too many distractions may cause someone to miss important information.

  • Information from your child’s school or from our District will be sent as soon as possible via phone, text, or email.  

  • Please wait for communication from your child’s school, which will provide you with direction on how to proceed.


The safety and security of all of our students and staff is of the utmost importance and will always be our top priority at all times. The District and the Orland Park Police Department consistently collaborate and have open lines of communication that will allow us to act accordingly if a situation arises.