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Safety Tips and 'Soft' and 'Hard' Lockdowns Defined
Soft lockdown: District 117 is in 'soft' lockdown on a 24/7 basis. That means all the classroom doors and exterior building doors are locked. Visitors are asked to state who they are and the nature of their business when they are buzzed into a building. They should not be upset when people don't hold doors open for them or show them the same courtesies once extended.
Hard lockdown: In a hard lockdown, non-employees are prohibited from entering a district building, whether it is a school or district office until whatever incident that warranted the hard lockdown is resolved. Oftentimes, the hard lockdown won't be lifted until the local police department gives the district the 'all-clear' sign. Police often ask the district to hold off on informing our parents regarding our process for dismissal until they feel the situation is under control.