What are Options-Based Responses?
- Options-Based Responses is best practices guidance for schools in the event of an active-shooter situation on campus. It’s based on a national standard for school safety on active-shooter preparedness and response that was endorsed by federal agencies in 2013.
- At its core are the options “run, hide, or fight,” which means:
- If you can do so safely, run to a safe location.
- If you can’t run, hide or lockdown in a secure location and barricade.
- If you have no safer option, use violent force to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter.
- The core focus of Options-Based Responses is training the adults on campus to make these decisions. It does not mean training your children to fight an armed intruder.
(Scroll to the bottom of the page under Options-Based Responses for Active-Shooter Situations)
How is this different from what schools do now?
Why the change?
What does this mean for my child?
How was this decided?