There is no one thing we can do to have a safe learning and working environment. There are many layers to creating that safe environment. It starts with a partnership between the school and first responders to determine the possible hazards of the school.
Based on the hazard analysis, All Hazards EOPs and ERPs are written. Staff members are trained on the plans and the plans are tested with exercises alongside first responders.
- The After Action Review from the exercise will help determine any weaknesses that can be addressed through revising the plans or additional training.
- The Emergency Operations Plan and Emergency Response Plan should be available to staff always by computers and apps on their devices.
- Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design is enhanced with electronic access control, visitor management systems, and IP cameras.
- A mass notification system is used to establish a communication method during the school year and becomes a vital link during an emergency or critical event.
- The ability to return a sense of normalcy after an event can be accomplished by having a Recovery Plan to address the emotional needs of the students, staff, and community.
Schools must have a positive climate where students feel welcomed and the adults in the school care about them and their well-being. If there is a threat to the school, there must be a method for evaluating the threat to keep students and staff safe, as well as responding appropriately to the threat and the student involved in the threat.
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