Districts and school sites should develop relationships with local first responders, including law enforcement, fire department, and Emergency Medical Technicians. Larger districts should be aware that first responder entities with jurisdiction may vary by school site. A relationship between the district and those first on the scene should bring peace of mind to staff, parents, and students. Staff will become acquainted with their faces and become comfortable on who they can trust and allow into the school during uncertain situations. On an annual basis, law enforcement should be invited to conduct a thorough walk through of a school site and provide training to staff on topics such as when to call a lockdown, what information to report when calling 9-1-1, and how to best respond to an active threat.
Consider reaching out and establishing relationships with local faith-based organizations. They can support first responders and staff shortly after an emergency and often have sites that can be used as evacuation and reunification locations.