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Great Falls school implements "shelter in place" - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Great Falls school implements "shelter in place"

Posted: 12/11/2017 13:29:00 -07:00 Updated:

We have received reports that Longfellow Elementary School in Great Falls has implemented "shelter in place" procedures.

Longfellow is located at 1100 6th Avenue South. 

We do not yet know what triggered the precaution.

We have also received reports of a helicopter flying in the area, and that police officers appear to be searching for someone in the vicinity.

The Great Falls Public School District defines "shelter in place" as follows: "Defined as a safety precaution taken for possible external threat that is not an immediate or internal threat."

We will update you if we get more information.


UPDATE: We have received reports that Head Start, located at 1220 3rd Avenue South, has also implemented shelter-in-place.


UPDATE: The GFPD says that they were trying to apprehend a suspect, but the man ran away. They declined to provide additional information, but as of 4 p.m., he had not been apprehended.


Here are the definitions of key safety terms used by the Great Falls Public School District:

  • Evacuation: Defined as an internal threat such as fire that requires students and staff to leave the building for their safety.
  • Lockdown: Defined as an internal threat and/or immediate threat. No one IN or OUT without administrator approval.
  • Shelter In Place: Defined as a safety precaution taken for possible external threat that is not an immediate or internal threat.
  • Class Hold: Defined as a safety precaution implemented during an incident where students need to be kept in the classroom.
  • Release with Care: Defined as a possible threat in the schools' neighborhoods during arrival and release time.

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