School Guide

Use the collaboratively developed Federal Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (School Guide) and The Role of Districts in Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (District Guide) to learn key planning principles and the six-step planning process.

The District Guide complements the School Guide by recommending specific roles and responsibilities for district-level administrators and staffs. It is recommended that district-level representatives involved in emergency management familiarize themselves with the School Guide before turning to the District Guide to better understand how they can best assume their complementary role in planning and fulfilling their responsibilities. This guide recommends that districts follow the same practical six steps (and tasks associated with each step), as well as the same principles, that underlie the planning process described in the School Guide. The District Guide, however, provides more district-focused information. Specifically, it highlights the school district role in (1) coordinating with schools and community partners to make emergency operations plans (EOPs) a collaborative effort and help ensure integration with district, local, regional, state, tribal, and Federal agency EOPs; (2) laying out planning parameters for use by schools throughout the entire district; and (3) 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.