Colorado School Safety Resource Center Response Materials
- Created by the Colorado School Safety Resource Center in October 2014
- This guide summarizes the copy cat effect that media coverage can have on suicides and school shootings. Tips for covering school tragedies responsibly are presented.
- 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.
Parental Notification - HB18-1269
- HB18-1269 (now C.R.S.§ 22-1-130), requires local education providers to notify parents if an employee or former employee is charged with certain felony offenses. The time, place and manner of those notifications are spelled out in the new law, and may require policy changes in your school or district. The CSSRC convened a multidisciplinary workgroup last winter to address similar issues, and created a toolkit with sample letters to provide guidance. The legislation passed after the workgroup had disbanded, but the toolkit was updated to reflect the changes. You can access the toolkit HERE.
- CDE has posted instructions for schools to follow when employees have been charged with crimes. The full requirements and frequently asked questions can be found Here.
Other Response Materials
- This website provides families with a tool to exchange welfare information with loved ones and friends in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. American Red Cross will establish agreements with phone/communications vendors to set up a bank of computers, including teletype lines, for public use post-event. The home page for these computers will be set to the Safe and Well website.
Bomb Threat Guide and Software
- An interactive CD-Rom planning tool for schools created by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Free CD-Rom Order link (for Education and Law Enforcement personnel only)
- The CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response website is CDC’s primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. This site continues to keep the public informed about public health emergencies and provides the information needed to protect and save lives.
- Caring for Children in a Disaster
- Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (Manual): Second Edition
Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication is an approach to communicating effectively during emergencies. These principles are used by public health professionals and public information officers to provide information that helps individuals, stakeholders, and entire communities make the best possible decisions for themselves and their loved ones. CERC recognizes that during emergencies, we work under impossible time constraints and must accept the imperfect nature of our choices. CERC draws from lessons learned during public health emergencies and research in the fields of public health and emergency risk communication.
The CERC program consists of 1) training, 2) resources, and 3) shared learning.
- Learn How to Shelter in Place at School
- Preparedness for All Hazards: Schools and Childcare Centers
- Reference Guide for School Personnel Concerning Juveniles Who Have Committed Sexually Abusive and Offending Behavior. Created by the Department of Public Safety and the Colorado Department of Education in collaboration with school districts and law enforcement and human services agencies, the Guide is designed to provide information to school administrators, teachers, and other staff regarding the supervision of juveniles who have committed sexual offenses. The document provides best practice guidelines related to the responsibilities of the school administration in developing a safe and inclusive environment and school community.
- COPS — the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is the office of the U.S. Department of Justice that advances the practice of community policing in America’s state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.
- Addressing School-Related Crime and Disorder
- Because Things Happen Every Day: Responding to Teenage Victims of Crime
- Bomb Threats in Schools
- CSSRC Staff Review 6/4/13
- Bullying in Schools
- Child Abuse and Neglect in the Home
- Drug Endangered Children Guide for Law Enforcement
- Gun Violence Among Serious Young Offenders
- Planning and Managing Security for Major Special Events: Guidelines for Law Enforcement
- School Vandalism and Break-Ins
- Spectator Violence in Stadiums
- The Stop Snitching Phenomenon: Breaking the Code of Silence
- Strategies to Address Gang Crime: A Guidebook for Local Law Enforcement
- Student Party Riots
- Supporting Safe Schools - Information for School Resource Officers
- Teen Action Toolkit: Building a Youth-Led Response to Teen Victimization
- Traumatic Stress and Suicide After Disasters Supplemental Research Bulletin This issue highlights recent research on disasters and their relationship to traumatic stress, suicide rates, and suicidal ideation, planning, and attempts. It examines how rates of suicide, and suicidal thinking and behaviors, have changed—or not—following disasters both natural and human caused. The bulletin covers post-disaster traumatic stress and related conditions.
- Disaster Response Template Toolkit features public education materials that disaster behavioral health response programs can use to create resources for reaching people affected by a disaster. The Template Toolkit includes print, website, audio, video, and multimedia materials that disaster behavioral health response programs can use to provide outreach, psycho-education, and recovery news for disaster survivors. Many of the links contain sample materials and online tools that have been used in previous disaster situations across the country. The templates can also be adapted for future use as desired.
- This video was created by the Los Angeles Unified School District as a lockdown training video. Watch it to learn how a busy elementary school prepares and coordinates their lockdown procedures.
- Remember to check with your district and school for specific procedures that apply in your district.
- Emergency Management Institute
- The Emergency Management Institute was created to support the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s goals by improving the competencies of the U.S. officials in Emergency Management at all levels of government to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the potential effects of all types of disasters and emergencies on the American people.
- Contains access to several online and distance learning courses.
- Disaster Response Operations and Management
- IS-800.b: National Response Framework, An Introduction
- The course introduces participants to the concepts and principles of the National Response Framework.
- Part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Injury Prevention and Control
- Contains links for online courses, fact sheets, posters, and other tools to help decide how to handle injured people.
- The Lost Person Finder enables family, friends, and neighbors to locate missing people during a disaster event. Information comes from participating hospitals, as well as cell phones and social networks.
- This service is provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
National Association of School Psychologists
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children opened in 1984 to serve as the nation’s clearinghouse on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. Today NCMEC is authorized by Congress to perform 19 programs and services to assist law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them.
- The National Emergency Child Locator Center is operated by NCMEC and activated during Presidentially-declared disasters. Its mission is to assist in reunifying children separated from their parents or legal guardians in the aftermath of a disaster.
- Unaccompanied Minors Registry (UMR)
- The UMR serves as a centralized and protected database where information pertaining to unaccompanied minors can be stored. It supports the ability to collect, store, report, and act on information related to children missing or lost as a result of a disaster.
- The National Commission on Children and Disasters was authorized under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, signed into law by President Bush on December 26, 2007 (P.L. 110-161).
- Health Information Network - easy-to-use crisis guide with essential, to-the-point advice for schools and districts.
- School Crisis Guide
- NEFRLS is a nationally-accessible system that facilitates the reunification of families separated or displaced by a disaster that is activated when requested by a state following a Presidentially-declared disaster. It allows adults who have been displaced from their homes or pre-incident locations to voluntarily register and share specific information about their post-disaster well-being or location with designated family members. Family members and friends may search the database for a record created by a displaced individual.
- The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is a national centralized repository and resource center for missing persons and unidentified decedent records. NamUs is a free online system that can be searched by medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement officials and the general public from all over the country in hopes of resolving these cases.
- This program is a project of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).
- The REMS Technical Assistance Center's primary goal is to support schools and school districts in emergency management, including the development and implementation of comprehensive emergency and crisis response plans. The Center disseminates information about emergency management to help school districts learn more about developing, implementing, and evaluating crisis plans.
- Lessons Learned are brief recountings of actual school emergencies and crises. They spotlight the critical actions, decisions and events that took place before, during and after a real incident. Lessons Learned demonstrate what worked and what did not so that all school communities can strengthen their emergency management activities throughout the four phases of school emergency management (prevention-mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery).
- Recurring Flooding at Oak Grove Lutheran School in Fargo, North Dakota (V6, Issue 1, 2012)
- Retraumatization: How One College Campus Responded to Emotional Reinjury (V5, Issue 3, 2010)
- Responding to a Suicide Cluster: Palo Alto School District (V5, Issue 2, 2010)
- Preparing for a Cyber Security Breach Before one Occurs (V5, Issue 1, 2010)
- Emergency Management Planning for After-School Programs (V4, Issue 4, 2010)
- Coordinating A Response to H1N1: One District's Experiences (V4, Issue 3, 2009)
- Bus Crash at Lakeview Public Schools (V4, Issue 2, 2009)
- H1N1: Responding to an Outbreak in New York City Schools (V4, Issue 1, 2009)
- Responding to infectious disease: Multiple cases of staph infections in a rural school district (V3, Issue 3, 2008)
- Communication and Collaboration During Natural Disasters: The Lessons Learned from Past Experience (V3, Issue 2, 2008)
- Responding to School Walkout Demonstrations (V3, Issue 1, 2008)
- Responding to and Recovering from an Active Shooter Incident that Turns into a Hostage Situation (V2, Issue 6, 2007)
- Recovering from Natural Disasters: Preparation is Key (V2, Issue 5, 2007)
- Incorporating Chemical Hazards into an Emergency Management Plan (V2, Issue 4, 2007)
- Managing an Infectious Disease Outbreak in a School (V2, Issue 3, 2007)
- Coping With Multiple Suicides Among Middle School Students (V2, Issue 2, 2007)
- After-Action Reports: Capturing Lessons Learned and Identifying Areas for Improvement (V2, Issue 1, 2007)
- A Coordinated Response To Multiple Deaths in a School Community Helps the Healing Begin (V1, Issue 2, 2006)
- Dealing With Weapons on Campus (V1, Issue 1, 2006)
- This supportive document for schools was created in 2008 by the Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA.
- Created in 2010 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children, Youth and Families Children's Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect
- Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series
- This website provides a training guide, PowerPoint presentations, workbook and other on-line materials free of charge to Districts, Departments and Agencies to assist in a uniform classroom response to incidents at school.
- In this video, created by the Los Angeles Unified School District, non-medical personnel can learn how to sort and categorize wounded victims during an emergency.
- If time is short, you may skip to minute 6 in the video to bypass the scenario and proceed directly to the triage procedures.
- Be sure to check with your district and school for specific procedures because this video was made in California for a specific district.
- Using Social Media for Enhanced Situational Awareness and Decision Support: Virtual Social Media Working Group and DHS First Responders Group, published June 2014
- As an entity of the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, the mission of the USFA is to provide national leadership to foster a solid foundation for our fire and emergency services stakeholders in prevention, preparedness, and response.
- Fire / Emergency Medical Services Department Operational Considerations and Guide for Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Incidents
- Published September 2013.
- Local jurisdictions must build sufficient public safety resources to handle active shooter and mass casualty incident scenarios. Local fire, emergency medical services, and law enforcement must have common tactics, communications capabilities and terminology to have seamless, effective operations. They should also establish standard operating procedures for these very volatile and dangerous situations. The goal is to plan, prepare and respond in a manner that will save the maximum number of lives possible.
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