Emergency Response Information

  • Evanston Township High School (ETHS) District 202 is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students and staff.

    A Crisis Response Plan (CRP) has been developed to help respond to a variety of critical incidents involving ETHS, to maximize the safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, and to minimize the potential impact on the school community.

    Please take a moment to review Evanston Township High School District 202's emergency and severe weather notification procedures. It is helpful to be familiar with this plan, which describes how the school will notify students, parents, staff and the public when a significant emergency causes a disruption during the school day, or prompts a decision to close school or delay the morning start time.

    ETHS does not send school-wide notifications if an individual has a medical emergency. The ETHS Safety Department and/or EMS (911) will be contacted, based on the nature of the medical emergency.

    The emergency response information below describes the general steps that ETHS takes during a lockdown, soft lockdown, hold-in-place, shelter-in-place, and evacuation. During any crisis response, it is important for everyone in the school to follow specific instructions which may evolve or be modified over time.

    Please take a moment to review these actions. Students and staff will be trained and the school will have drills on these actions during the school year.

  • Lockdown Lockdown

    Threat or hazard inside the school

    A lockdown is considered when conditions require complete separation and protection of people in the school. This may be an existing internal or external situation that could directly threaten their safety.

    An emergency lockdown is declared when, in the opinion of a school administrator, a situation exists that threatens the safety of people in the school and may require that they use the option-based Run, Hide, Fight protocol: 


    • Have an escape route and plan in mind.

    • Leave belongings behind.

    • Do not have anything in your hands. 

    • Keep your hands visible.

    • Evacuate regardless if others agree to follow.

    • Help others escape, if possible.

    • Do not attempt to move the wounded.

    • Prevent others from entering an area where the threat may be.

    • Call 911 when you are safe and provide your exact location.

    • Only pay attention to ETHS and police notifications. Ignore any texts, phone calls or social media from other sources.

    • Stay off social media. Do not share any information or post photos about your location.

    • Dim your phone and be alert to the situation.

    • Listen to all police commands.



    • Hide in the nearest classroom or office away from the attacker's view.

    • Lock the door and block the entry to hiding place and turn out the lights.

    • Silence cell phones, including vibrate, dim the light, and be alert to the situation.

    • Collect items to use against the attacker.

    • Stay off social media and do not post information about your location. 

    • If you have a medical emergency, call 911.



    • Fight as a last resort only when your life is in imminent danger.

    • Attempt to incapacitate the attacker.

    • Act with as much physical aggression as possible.

    • Use weapons such as a stapler, scissors, or hot coffee and be prepared to throw the items at the attacker.

    • Commit to your actions.

  • Soft Lockdown Soft Lockdown

    Threat or hazard outside the school

    When there is a threat in the community, ETHS may go on a soft lockdown. For everyone's safety, entering or exiting the building will not be permitted. 

  • Hold-in-Place Hold-in-Place

    Limit movement of students and staff inside school

    Hold-in-Place is used to limit movement of students and staff while dealing with short-term emergencies.

    • Ignore all bells and wait for the all-clear.

    • No one should enter or exit the building.

    • Students and staff may continue their activities as normal.

  • Evacuation Evacuate

    Students and staff move to an announced location

    Evacuation is used when conditions in the interior of the school may not be safe, such as a fire, explosion, earthquake, or chemical spill in the building.

    • Students and staff will evacuate and remain together at a designated assembly location.

    • It may be necessary to move to a secondary location.

    • Do not return to the school building until an all-clear is given.

  • Shelter-in-Place Shelter-in-Place

    Refuge for those inside the school

    Sheltering-In-Place is used to protect school occupants from severe weather.

    Sheltering-In-Place provides a refuge for school occupants and the public within the school building during an emergency. 

    • Shelters are located in areas that maximize the safety of inhabitants.

    • Students and staff may need to kneel down and be ready to cover their necks and heads to protect themselves from debris.

    • Remain in place until an all-clear is announced.