ACSA Council & Committee

  • Identify a crisis command center

    Identify a crisis command center

    To ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff, schools and school districts should create comprehensive, multi-hazard emergency management plans.

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  • Create a crisis response box that includes maps, keys, student and staff emergency cards, and medical information

    Create a crisis response box that includes maps, keys, student and staff emergency cards, and medical information

    Many schools have found it helpful to create a crisis response box that is shared with a local police/sheriff’s department.

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  • Ensure students have access to mental health professionals

    Ensure students have access to mental health professionals

    Preparing for emergencies and response to crisis means working with mental health professionals and staff to identify signs of possible issues and then planning for responses.

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  • Establish several possible reunification locations and coordinate with those entities

    Establish several possible reunification locations and coordinate with those entities

    Like any emergency, a reunification process must be planned prior to any event.

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  • Conduct regular security assessments of your school facilities

    Conduct regular security assessments of your school facilities

    Security assessments of each facility in a district can be overwhelming and expensive.

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  • Scrutinize vendors offering free services

    Scrutinize vendors offering free services

    After an incident, a wide array of vendors will offer services that sound attractive, including public relations, facility, and counseling services.

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  • Create a crisis communication plan that includes specific roles, guidelines, and messaging

    Create a crisis communication plan that includes specific roles, guidelines, and messaging

    All schools are required to have a comprehensive safety plan with specific roles and guidelines reviewed by stakeholders on an annual basis.

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  • Schedule events to honor tragedies and those who passed

    Schedule events to honor tragedies and those who passed

    It is important to honor the grieving process in the aftermath of a tragedy.

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  • Conduct school community follow up meetings

    Conduct school community follow up meetings

    Develop a plan to share information with families and community members.

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  • Identify relief resources

    Identify relief resources

    Reach out to your insurance company as quickly as possible.

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  • Implement research based social emotional learning programs that foster positive campus climate

    Implement research based social emotional learning programs that foster positive campus climate

    Research shows a direct correlation between strong SEL programs and reduced behavioral issues with students.

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  • Debrief the event with key decision-makers on lessons learned, utilizing an after action report

    Debrief the event with key decision-makers on lessons learned, utilizing an after action report

    An after action report is a structured review and debrief process.

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  • Engage counsel to prepare for legal issues that may arise

    Engage counsel to prepare for legal issues that may arise

    Before beginning any press conferences, bring in your district counsel.

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  • Immediately after the incident, consider whether to repair, relocate or rebuild the facility

    Immediately after the incident, consider whether to repair, relocate or rebuild the facility

    Time is of the essence.

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  • Provide Human Resources support

    Provide Human Resources support

    Staff will require ongoing long and short term support after a major incident.

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  • Deploy mental health and bereavement professionals, and social workers

    Deploy mental health and bereavement professionals, and social workers

    It is important to deploy mental health and bereavement professionals, and social workers to provide short and long-term support.

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  • Conduct meeting as promptly as possible with all staff

    Conduct meeting as promptly as possible with all staff

    Staff must be informed of key information in a confidential staff meeting.

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  • Continue crisis communications with all stakeholders

    Continue crisis communications with all stakeholders

    In the aftermath of an incident, communication is critically important.

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  • Contact local and regional partners, including mental health providers

    Contact local and regional partners, including mental health providers

    It is important to reach out to known mental health providers or partners as soon as possible after a school crisis.

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  • Implement reunification plan

    Implement reunification plan

    The goal with reunification is to safely bring families together. The reality of a fatal school violence event is you may have students or staff that are casualties of the event.

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