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Colorado School Safety Resource Center Created Protection Materials

Best Practices Continuity of Operations (COOP) Template for Schools (pdf) (word)
  • Created December 2013 by CSSRC
Colorado School Emergency Operations Plan Exercise Toolkit
  • The School Emergency Operations Plan Exercise Toolkit was produced in a cooperative effort by the Governor's Office of Homeland Security, Colorado Division of Emergency Management (Department of Local Affairs) and CSSRC (Colorado Department of Public Safety). It has been developed in a cooperative effort by a subcommittee of the Emergency Planning & Response Working Group established by the Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC).
  • This Toolkit provides schools and school districts a tool for a discussion-based (tabletop) test and review of emergency preparedness and response plans for a variety of disasters or emergency situations.
  • For further consultation or technical assistance from the working group, please contact the Colorado School Safety Resource Center.
  • Welcome Letter
  • Cover Page

Contents: Table of Contents 

  1. 10 Steps to A Successful Exercise (pdf) (ppt)
  2. Developing Emergency Exercises Worksheet (pdf) (word)
  3. Sample Scenarios for each emergency action (pdf) (word)
  4. Exercise Plan (ExPlan) Template (pdf) (word)
  5. Exercise Agenda Template (pdf) (word)
  6. Master Scenario Events List (MSEL) Template (pdf) (word)
  7. Exercise Evaluation Guide (EEG) Template (pdf) (word)
  8. Tabletop Exercise PowerPoint Slides (sample exercise) (pdf) (ppt)
  9. After Action Report Template w/ Improvement Plan Matrix Template (pdf) (word)
  10. Participant Feedback Form Template (pdf) (word)
  11. Additional Resources 


Comprehensive School Safety Planning: Suggested Elements for Districts and Schools, December 2013 (Compiled by CSSRC)
  • This template, which continues to be updated, was modeled after the U.S. Department of Education’s (2007) four phase model of emergency planning: Prevention/Mitigation; Preparedness; Response and Recovery. This model is also in compliance with the Colorado Safe Schools Act CRS 22-32-109.1 which requires each school district to adopt and implement a safe schools plan.
  • Comprehensive School Safety Planning: Elements Checklist (pdf) (word)
  • NEW Comprehensive School Safety Planning: Elements Checklist Combined with the Six US Federal Government Agencies' Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (pdf) (word), July 2014 
Incident Command Structure (ICS) Tools for Schools
National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) SB08-181 and SB11-173
Response: Emergency Actions for K-12 Schools, March 2011 
  • As part of a collaborative work group effort, and recently approved by the advisory board of the CSSRC, it is recommended that K-12 schools have protocols for five basic emergency actions to help ensure safety of all individuals on school site in the event of an actual emergency or for various crisis situations: lockdown, lockout (secured building), shelter-in-place (including weather shelter), evacuation, and a protocol for release and reunification of students to reunite them with parents/caregivers after an event.
  • The document is intended as guidance to Colorado schools and recommends consultation and development of protocols with community emergency responders, customizing procedures as needed for individual school sites and developing plans for students and staff with special needs. In addition key messages include that all staff and students be trained through drill and practice, parents informed of protocols, and that schools review plans after all drills and actual events.














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