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Lockdown procedures examined

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, lockdown procedures were reviewed by school districts throughout the Yuba-Sutter area Monday.

Sarah O'Brien, principal of Johnson Park Elementary School, said she reviews the safety measures several times throughout the year. But after Friday's shooting in Connecticut, she called an emergency staff meeting Monday morning to remind employees of how to proceed in the event of an armed intruder.

"The procedures are very calculated and easy to follow," O'Brien said.

At Johnson Park, a lockdown occurs following an announcement by the principal.

"At that point, the teachers go inside their classrooms. They turn off all the lights and stay inside," she said.

In their training, teachers are advised to not open their classroom doors for any reason, O'Brien said.

Shooting renews safety concerns at Yuba-Sutter schools

Instead, they will communicate by flashing color-coded cards from their classroom windows. Green would mean that at least one person in the classroom has a minor injury. Black means at least one person is deceased. Red means at least one person has traumatic injuries. Yellow means there are no circumstances that need to be immediately addressed.

Johnson Park typically practices a lockdown drill two or three times a year, O'Brien said, but won't be having any drills with the Sandy Hook shooting still fresh in people's minds.

"Everyone is a little shooken up and concerned," she said.

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