It would be a wise idea for school administrators to have a comprehensive security assessment of the school’s physical design, safety policies, and emergency procedures. Once again this must be conducted with the cooperation of school staff, emergency personnel, students, and other school community members. Every school has different needs and safety plans may vary. According to the IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police), there are twenty recommended actions that can be used to prevent violence in a school setting.
There should be first aid kits in every classroom for safety and preparation of teacher’s confidence toward safety. Supervision is important however, it helps with children and teacher’s safety. Teacher’s should check any equipment at least three times a week to make sure everything is a safe environment for children. If emergency is at extreme levels there should be an emergency preparation plan in every daycare or public school
Evacuation: If there is a bomb scare or an intruder in the school, evacuation procedures would be usually be the same as fire. You should report any emergency problems to the class teacher. Where as visitors should always be asked to sign in and out in the visitors book and given a visitor badge so you know who’s a visitor and who’s a intruder and most of all you know there whereabouts in an emergency as you are responsible for there health an safety.
When an emergency situation arises, it's essential that you are able to recognise it, as well as respond. Emergency situations such as fires are suddenly notice and quick recognition can be crucial. When aware of a fire, alert the nearest fire alarm and evacuate the building through the nearest fire exit. If you at any point in the school day hear the fire alarm. Everyone must immediately leave the building via their nearest fire exit (this is rehearsed often throughtout the year to make sure everyone is fully aware of what to do). If a child has an illness, then you must first speak to the child in question and become
The purpose of the Phinell Christian Academy Crisis Management Plan (PCACMP) is to create a plan that will provide emergency procedures that are specific to the organization’s program to ensure the physical safety of staff and children. Specifically, the PCACMP major components include (a) crisis management team/chain of command; (b) evacuation procedures; (c) emergency procedures; (d) parent reunification procedures and (e) crisis recover procedures. In general, the CMP is located in the main office and each classroom in a hard copy notebook. On the positive side, the plan is written in very simple terms for easy implementation. To simplify, the CMP includes a cover page, table of content, narrative of the major components along with floor
In day to day operations, uncertainties do occur. Henceforth it would be important to have a contingent and well detailed disaster preparedness plan and procedures. Healthcare systems, on a day to day basis, are faced with emergencies in form of disasters. As a result, majority of medical centers have well-structured exit plans in the event of a disaster occurring("Hospital Disaster Preparedness: Your Guide to Getting Started - Emergency Preparedness", 2011). However, this essay will aim at interviewing one of the top disaster preparedness staffat the Houston Methodist Hospital. In the interview, I will seek to identify the top three disasters that the Houston Methodist Hospital is prepared for. Similarly, in the interview, I would seek to identify the top lessons learnt from disaster preparedness at the hospitals.As it concludes it would summarize the findings with regards to the interview stated below. Below is an excerpt from the interview to answer the two aforementioned questions.
"The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) sponsors Emergency Management for Schools trainings to provide support to school staff and administrators interested in enhancing their preparedness efforts. Emphasis for the Emergency Management for Schools trainings is placed on emergency management plan development within the framework of the four phases of emergency management: Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery" (U.S. Department of Education).
Staff and students must be educated to understand how the emergency plan can help them when there is a situation. Training will come from professional developments for the teachers, and is class education for the students with a controlled emergency simulation in the auditorium. Parents will be invited to participate in this simulation.
While the elementary school provided a short description of their emergency procedures, it stated that more information could be found in the Crisis Management Plan (also included in the Staff Handbook). What’s strange is that although a crisis management plan has been created, fire drills were not better described nor mentioned all; not even the sound signal to look for. In the event of a fire, younger students usually need more attention to care and calm down. Therefore, it would have been helpful to cover fire procedures more thoroughly. In the high school handbook, the
The purpose of the Emergency Preparedness Plan is to save lives and prevent injuries in case of emergencies such as nuclear attack, fire, natural disaster, civil disorder or other, and provide the necessary best practices to ensure all possible and relevant forms of communicating with our faculty, staff, students, and parents. Mrs. Patricia Harris of the International Studies Elementary Charter School was interviewed about the International Studies Elementary Charter School’s Emergency Management Plan and the role of the school counselor during emergencies. Surprisingly, the school counselor does not play as important of a role than one would have thought. Although, the counselor does serve as one of the Designated School Emergency Team Members, some the tasks that would seem likely the counselor would perform, are performed by other administrators. Tasks such as talking to parents or being there for the students are performed by the principal while the school counselor is delegated to direct traffic. Based on the Emergency Management Plan, it would seem that the school counselor’s role is still not clearly understood. With all the expertise that counselors can bring to a crisis situation, it’s disappointing that counselors are assigned such a miniscule task as delegating traffic. Counselor Harris did discuss the Dougherty County School System’s Crisis Team. That team is
However, if a family was not fortunate enough to be up-to-date on this current news and their child is placed on a bus, we will bring them to school for their protection. While they arrive, due to power outages north of us, we will have teachers post messages in the windows of the school. These messages will inform parents that we plan to shelter at the school as long as possible. Uninfected students will be placed in the gym with teacher supervision. Our posted signs will notify their parents and guardians to come to the back door of the school if they show up and wish to take their child with them. However, we will clarify to them that if we consider the situation outside to be hazardous to their children’s health then we will not release their child to them. After this the windows will be boarded up with anything available. While this is being done, we will relocate bookshelves as well as any other heavy furniture to barricade all doors that will no longer be needed to open. After we have relocated all furniture and obstructed all windows, we ask teachers to do a final sweep of the school to be sure no windows or doors were missed. The next step that will be dealt with is communication.
This subject aims to teach students the main elements of emergency management for natural disasters and to a lesser degree terrorist attack. Students will understand the principles involved in emergency
The mission of the Substance Abuse Unit (SAU) School and Safety Committee is to ensure the plan is simple and can be coordinated in response to appropriate circumstances and conditions during a crisis. In review of the Substance Abuse Unit (SAU) Campus Emergency and Crisis Management Plan the School Administrator established a School Safety Committees to provide teachers and staff training on the components of the Campus Crisis Management Plan. The School and Safety Committee primary duties were to review the effectiveness of the plans; safety, security practices and procedures for a possible emergency and crisis evacuation process, review safety and security best practices and provide a comprehensive safety school plan for the campus, submit findings, recommendations, implementation strategies, timeline, and fiscal budget, and corrective plan of action to the superintendent , instructional manager, Dallas County facility manager, and school administrator.
My review of the crisis plan found that very little addressed children or staff with physical, sensory, motor, developmental, or mental challenges. This is something that definitely needs to be addressed when considering relocation or evacuation. For example, some of our students with disabilities have restricted mobility and use a wheelchair, and moving them to a nearby staging center or evacuation center will be difficult. Some of our students have vision impairments that could affect walking over altered terrain. Thus, our crisis plan should include alternative transportation options for these students and even alternative safe sites for them. In addition, some of our students require special medicines and medical devices on a daily basis. The crisis plan needs to decide if it is possible to accommodate these needs off campus.