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A School Safety Resource for K-12 School Districts

The REMS TA Center is pleased to offer a guide to support administrators, educators, and planning teams at schools and school districts in developing high-quality school emergency operations plans (EOPs). Core planning teams within school districts can use this guide to inform the development of local policies and procedures related to school EOP development. To further support the EOP development process for schools and school districts, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, with representatives from the U.S. Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, created The Role of Districts in Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans: A Companion to the School Guide (District Guide). The District Guide serves as a complement to the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (School Guide) and provides information that can assist school districts in fulfilling both their individual and their shared emergency planning responsibilities in school EOP development for a range of threats and hazards.

A Complement to the School Guide

Specifically, the District Guide complements the earlier School Guide by recommending specific roles and responsibilities for school district-level administrators and staffs. School districts’ responsibilities include the following:

  • Coordinating with schools and community partners to make EOPs a collaborative effort and help ensure integration with school district, local, regional, state, tribal, and/or Federal agency EOPs;
  • Laying out planning parameters for use by schools throughout the entire school district; and
  • Supporting schools at each step as they develop EOPs that address all types of emergencies and are tailored to fit each school’s individual needs.

The District Guide also contains a checklist of activities and responsibilities for school districts that allows them to stay on course and track their progress.

District Guide

The intended audience of this guidance document is individuals and planning teams at K-12 school districts. View titles of the chapters within this publication below:

  • “Background”
  • “Introduction and Purpose”
  • “Using the District Guide”
  • “School and District Roles in Developing Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs)”
  • “Step 1: Help Schools Form Collaborative Planning Teams”
  • “Step 2: Help Schools Understand the Situation”
  • “Step 3: Help Schools Determine Goals and Objectives”
  • “Step 4: Help Schools Develop Plans (Identify Courses of Action)”
  • “Step 5: Help Schools Prepare, Review, and Approve Plans”
  • “Step 6: Help Schools Implement and Maintain Plans”
  • “Appendix A: Elements of the School Guide”
  • “Appendix B: An Example for Scenario-Based Planning”
  • “Appendix C: Glossary”

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