District-wide School Safety Plans
A School District’s District-wide Safety Plan needs to be a comprehensive, detailed, living document that describes the consistent standards and protocols to be adhered to by all of the schools within that district while satisfactorily addressing the four phases of Crisis Management:
- Mitigation / Prevention
We will conduct an in-depth and highly practical review of your current plans - both district and school-level. Typically districts have satisfactorily complied with minimal expectations for such plans but have failed to go into sufficient detail in many areas - specifically in the critical response area that will inevitably result in problems should the school actually attempt to implement those plans.
We not only have experience in reviewing and writing these plans for many districts, we have also served as the Incident Commander on numerous occasions, directing the action and implementing these plans in response to actual serious events occurring on our own campuses.
When we speak of bomb threats, fires, assaults, weapon threats, lockouts, lockdowns and evacuations we are speaking from experience - not from a theoretical standpoint.
Results from our review will be provided in a formal written report with recommendations for improvement . Based upon your consultant's review, a recommendation may be made that the existing safety plan materials be incorporated into a more complete, detailed, comprehensive and logically organized District-Wide School Safety Plan manual which will be compliant with, and exceed NY State SAVE legislation requirements and consistent with NIMS (National Incident Management System) standards. Districts are typically provided with a customized prototype safety plan manual in both print and electronic format.
Building – level Emergency Response Plans
Each school building needs to take the expectations detailed in the District-wide plan and make it work for their particular school building.
It is expected and understood that no two Building-Level Emergency Response Plans will be identical as each has a unique student and staff population, physical layout and geographical considerations.
We have developed a Building-level Emergency Planning Summary template from that will assist each school in detailing their unique plans and contingencies (17-19 pages on average). This "forced-response", fill-in-the-blank protected template can be completed electronically and maintained at both the building and district level. This consistent formatting makes it very easy to quickly access critical information regarding a particular building's unique plans.
Quick Reference Guides
Quick Reference Guides are also available and will be customized to your district and schools. These are NOT overblown, voluminous flipcharts but rather easy to reference two-sided cards that bear only the most critical information for the respective stakeholder: Basic Protective Action Option definitions along with simple directions, names, phone numbers, PA access codes, radio channel configurations, etc...
- Faculty and Staff
- Building Administrative (Building Principals, APs, Deans...)
- District-Level Emergency Operations Team, EOT (Superintendent, Directors of Operations and Maintenance, Transporation...)