"As the new school year gets underway, Cabrillo Unified School District administrators and staff are adjusting to changes in the emergency response protocol.
The most noticeable change is the installation of “Columbine locks” on all classrooms over the summer. The locks allow teachers to secure their doors from the inside without having to step out into the hallway, providing more security in the event of a lockdown. They were funded through Cabrillo’s facility master plan created with the passage of Measure S school bond.
The change that may be less obvious to parents is the adoption of the Big Five, a set of school emergency guidelines created by the San Mateo County Office of Education with extensive input from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and educators. The Big Five includes five emergency responses — shelter in place, secure campus, lockdown, evacuation, and drop and cover. Each comes with specific steps to follow in the event of an emergency..."