'I Love U Guys' expands Lubbock ISD safety protocols

'I Love U Guys' expands Lubbock ISD safety protocols

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

In Governor Abbott's School and Firearm Safety Action Plan, he mentioned a foundation called "I love U Guys". It helps districts develop a standard response protocol in case of any emergency.  

Prior to the governor's suggestion, Lubbock ISD already made plans to train under the foundation. 

John Michael Keyes and his wife formed it after their daughter was a victim of a school shooting in 2006. Keyes said she was held hostage at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado. While in hostage, she sent a text to her parents saying, "I love U guys". 

Since then, the Keyes have made it their mission to protect the youth. 

"I asked a couple of students what they thought of the standard response protocol and one of them, she was 15 maybe, 14 years old, she said, 'I need to know that if something bad happens, I have a plan',"Keyes said. "Then she looked at me and said, and I need to know that the grown ups have a plan." 

It offers two different types of training, standard response protocol, and standard reunification method. 

"Over 25,000 schools, districts, agencies, and organizations in the U.S. and Canada are using our programs," Keyes said.

In the standard response protocol, there are five actions; lockout, lockdown, evacuate, shelter, and hold. If there is an emergency, the appropriate action will be announced on a PA system. 

Superintendent Kathy Rollo said there will be posters around the community to inform parents and law enforcement agencies on these procedures. She said school safety has been a top priority since she took over in February.

"We did community meetings and loud and clear, and the student meetings, loud and clear, training was the number one thing," Rollo said. 

For every campus, there is an emergency management leader participating in the training. They will then go back to their own school and teach teachers, students, and parents the protocols. 

Lubbock ISD Police Chief Jodey Scifres said once everyone is on the same page, they will begin to look at where to tweak or add new policies. 

In addition, Lubbock ISD rewrote it's emergency operation plan and completed a facility audit. Rollo expects renovations to older campuses to increase safety. 

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