School Guide

Use the collaboratively developed federal Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (School Guide) to learn key planning principles and the six-step planning process.

The School Guide aligns and builds upon years of emergency planning work by the Federal government and is the first joint product of the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency on this critical topic. The School Guide is customized to each type of community, incorporates lessons learned from incidents, and responds to the needs and concerns voiced by stakeholders following the shootings in Newtown and Oak Creek and the tornadoes in Oklahoma. Schools and school districts can use them to create new plans as well as to revise and update existing plans and align their emergency planning practices with those at the national, state, and local levels. It is recommended that planning teams responsible for developing and revising school EOPs use the information presented here to guide their efforts.