Ask Joe: Code Yellow notifications

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Updated: 4/21 7:14 pm
Question:
From the Ask Joe file, a question from a parent about policies when it comes to school lockdowns.
Rebecca wrote in asking about a Code Yellow lockdown at her daughter's school last week. She said the school sent out a general email to parents, but did not provide any details on what sparked the alert, and she is asking why parents are not given more information.

Answer:
Joe called the principal at Hunsberger Elementary, Jenny Ricci, but did not hear back from her. Washoe County School District Spokeswoman Victoria Campbell said there were some concerns about a particular student's actions on the playground that day, and that is what prompted the Code Yellow lockdown.
As a refresher, Code Yellow is considered a preventative measure when there is some type of threat near campus, but it is not a crisis.
That's different from a Code Red, which is called for when there are shots fired, a stabbing or explosion or some other type of emergency situation.
As for the specifics of the incident, Campbell pointed out some of the details were posted on the Hunsberger school website the next day to let parents know what prompted the lockdown. We checked and confirmed that was the case.
Campbell said the principal gave out what information she could, keeping in mind she is required to protect the privacy of the student whose behavior raised concerns in the first place. So, it is a balancing act when it comes to releasing some information and protecting the rights of those involved.
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