Feds Release Emergency Planning Guide for Schools (September 27, 2019)

As a result of their  involvement on the Federal Commission on School Safety a new emergency planning guide has been jointly created and released by the U.S. Departments of Education, Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services in order to aid school districts in developing customized emergency response plans. The document is titled The Role of Districts in Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans. It directs districts to make sure that plans include all types of hazards, including natural disasters and gun violence. It also includes a checklist of actionable items such as developing a fact sheet on possible threats and training staff with regard to the emergency plan. In December 2018, the commission also issued 100 policy recommendations aimed at protecting students at school. 

Along with many possible strategies, some school districts are training staff, including school resource officers, in providing social-emotional support as a preventative approach.

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