Ensuring Safety in Your School

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 -- Vin Riera

On behalf of Edmentum and all of our employees, we are deeply saddened by the tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month in Connecticut. Our thoughts are with the educators, students and parents of Newtown, CT as well as those across the globe. 

This devastating event, although rare, is certainly not the only incident of its kind. Safety in schools is an issue larger than just Sandy Hook, larger than Virginia Tech, larger than Columbine.

As a valued partner of educational entities across the country and internationally, we provide educational resources to drive student achievement. Although not experts in security or crisis planning, we are passionate about education and want to do anything to help ensure a safe and secure learning environment for all students and faculty.  With this, we have put together a variety of resources below from the experts that can assist you in preparing for emergency planning within your school or district. We hope that this will help, even in some small way, make a difference for your students and learning community.

Creating and Updating School Emergency Management Plans
Helping Youth and Children Recover from Traumatic Events
Source: Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center
The REMS Technical Assistance Center's primary goal is to support schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education in emergency management, including the development and implementation of comprehensive emergency and crisis response plans..

Crisis Planning Guide
Crisis Planning Checklist
Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting
Resources for Parents following Traumatic Events
Source: United States Department of Education

This resource provides information that can help school leaders plan for any emergency, including natural disasters, violent incidents and terrorist acts.

Prepare Your School
Source: American Red Cross
American Red Cross’ preparedness program is designed to help businesses, schools and organizations evaluate and improve emergency preparedness.

Emergency Planning
Source: FEMA – Ready Campaign
Ready
is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.

Tips for Teachers and Parents Following School and Community Violence
Helping Children Cope With Crisis: Care for Caregivers
Tips for School Administrators for Reinforcing School Safety
Coping With Crisis: Tips for Parents and Educators
Dealing with a Death in School
Source: National Association of School Psychologists
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) empowers school psychologists by advancing effective practices to improve students’ learning, behavior, and mental health.

Edmentum’s mission is to redefine the 21st century classroom.  In addition to providing quality and innovation through our learning solutions, we strive to serve as a solid resource for you to help you build learning environments in which your students will thrive both educationally and emotionally.

Vin Riera is President and CEO of Edmentum.