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  1. General Department Updates and Information

  2. Laws and Regulations

  3. Evidence Based Programs, Curricula and Practices

  4. Parent Information

  5. Resources by Topic

  6. Resources from State Agencies

  7. Resources at the National Level

  8. For more information
    I. General Department Updates and Information

  1. August 2015

  • Model Medical Emergency Response Plan

  • September 2014

  • GSEM Awardee Announcement — The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be conducting Multihazard Emergency Planning for Schools trainings throughout the Commonwealth for local school districts and their partners in law enforcement and fire services/EMS through 2016.

  • II. Laws and Regulations

  • An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence, Bill H. 4376, Section 7 (approved July 30, 2014).

  • An Act Relative to Medical Emergency Response Plans for Schools, Chapter 77 of the Acts of 2012 (approved April 18, 2012)

  • Multi-Hazard Evacuation Plans for Schools, Section 363 of Chapter 159 of the Acts of 2000

  • Also see DESE's Bullying Prevention and Intervention and Medical Emergency Response Plan web pages for additional information on school safety laws and regulations.
    III. Evidence Based Programs, Curricula and Practices

    1. DESE will periodically update a list of school safety and emergency preparedness resources, evidence-based curricula, best practices and academic-based research. Please note that the following programs and links are provided as resources for schools and districts. School and district leaders have discretion to select evidence-based curricula and other resources that are not on the list. Local education officials should determine which school safety curricula and strategies are most appropriate for each school and grade they oversee, taking into account students' developmental stages, community contexts, and other factors.

  • Readiness and Emergency Management in Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center

  • Part of the U.S. Department of Education's initiative to support schools in the development of high-quality emergency operations plans (EOPs) and comprehensive emergency planning efforts.

  • Multihazard Emergency Planning for Schools Toolkit

  • Sample forms and checklists from the FEMA training, designed for school personnel and emergency planning partners.

  • FEMA — Emergency Management Institute (EMI) School Program

  • Online training, tools and resources available for emergency planning in schools.

  • Safe School Facilities, National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities

  • Youth Preparedness: A National Framework

  • A collaboration between FEMA, Red Cross, and the U.S. Department of Education that provides guidelines and tools for youth preparedness programs.
    IV. Parent Information

    1. Emergency planning starts at home. Here are some resources to help engage children in family emergency planning efforts:

  • Be a Hero Games for Kids, FEMA's Ready.Gov

  • Family Emergency Plan, FEMA's Ready.Gov

  • Kids Activity & Coloring Book, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

  • Ready Wrigley Activity Books for Children, CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
    V. Resources by Topic

    1. Bullying and Harassment

    2. Bus Safety

    3. Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning

    4. Drills and Exercises

    5. Emergency Operations Planning (EOP)

    6. NIMS/ICS

    7. Positive Learning Environments

    8. Preparedness

    9. Prevention and Mitigation

    10. Recovery

    11. Reunification

    12. School Health

    13. Special Needs/ Functional and Access Needs

    14. Suicide Prevention

    15. Threat and Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (THIRA)

    16. Violence

    17. Weather-related Emergencies

    18. Bullying and Harassment

  • Please see the Bullying Prevention and Intervention page on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website

    1. Bus Safety

  • Back to School Safety, National Safety Council

  • Driving Safely —School Buses, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1. Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning

  • Continuity of Operations (COOP) Annex with Related Resources, REMS Technical Assistance Center

  • Continuity of Operations Planning, Specialized Training Package, REMS Technical Assistance Center

    1. Drills and Exercises

  • Multihazard Emergency Planning for Schools: Conducting Exercises and Drills Toolkit contains documents to assist in planning and evaluating exercises and drills, tabletop scenarios, and developing after-action resorts/improvement plans

  • After Action Report/Improvement Plan template, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

    1. Emergency Operations Planning (EOP)

  • Building Blocks to School Safety, REMS Technical Assistance Center — A Toolkit for Schools and Districts for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans

  • EOP Assist, REMS Technical Assistance Center — A free, web-accessible software application designed to help K-12 schools and school districts create and update high-quality school EOPs.

  • Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans, REMS Technical Assistance Center

  • An Action Item Worksheet helps you to identify the action items that support school EOP sustainability and implementation efforts.

    1. NIMS/ICS

  • National Incident Management System (NIMS)

  • Incident Command System (ICS) Resource Center, FEMA

  • FAQs about NIMS Implementation Activities for Schools, FEMA

    1. Positive Learning Environment

  • The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments

  • School Climate and Emergencies, REMS Technical Assistance Center

    1. Preparedness

  • Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP), FEMA

  • Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum (for Grades 1-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12), FEMA

    1. Prevention and Mitigation

  • Mitigating Hazards in School Facilities, National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF). Includes NCEF Assessment Guides for School Grounds and Site Access, Outdoor Athletic Fields and Playgrounds, and more.

  • Education Facilities Clearinghouse's Safety Resource Page

    1. Recovery

  • Children and Trauma: Update for Mental Health Professionals, American Psychological Association

  • Coping with the Death of a Student or Staff Member, REMS Technical Assistance Center

  • National Association of School Psychologists

    1. Addressing Grief: Tips for Teachers and Parents

  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

    1. Back to School Resources for School Personnel

    2. Reunification

  • Post-Disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach, a report by U.S. Department of Homeland Safety (DHS), FEMA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Red Cross, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

  • Databases to assist in family reunification in an emergency:

    1. National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS)

    2. National Emergency Child Locator Center (NECLC)

    3. School Health

  • Bureau of Infectious Disease, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

  • Influenza

    1. Pandemic Flu Planning, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

    2. School Planning,

    3. Pandemic Influenza Checklist for Schools, King County Schools, Office of the Director, Washington State

    4. Special Needs/ Functional and Access Needs

  • Best Practices for Evacuating and Sheltering Individuals with Special Needs, National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities

  • Effective Communications for People with Disabilities: Before, During and After Emergencies, National Council on Disability

  • Individuals with Disabilities or Access & Functional Needs, Ready.Gov

  • Integrating the needs of students and staff with disabilities and other access and functional needs, Specialized Training Package, REMS Technical Assistance Center

  • My Personal Emergency Plan, Individuals Requiring Additional Assistance Preparedness Project, Western Mass Ready

    1. Suicide Prevention

  • American Association for Suicidology

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

  • Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

  • Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS)

  • Suicide Prevention Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

    1. Threat and Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (THIRA)

  • Identifying hazards

    1. Common Natural and Human-Made Disasters in Massachusetts found on the Ready Massachusetts webpage.

    2. Threat and Hazard Type Examples — REMS Technical Assistance Center

  • Assessing hazards

    1. Assessing School-Based Hazards: Hazard Assessment Checklist, FEMA

    2. Site Assessment — examines the safety, accessibility, and emergency preparedness of the school's buildings and grounds.

      1. NCEF Assessment Guide: School Grounds and Site Access Control

    3. Culture and Climate Assessment — evaluates student and staff connectedness to the school and problem behaviors.

      1. Safe Supportive Learning's School Climate Survey Compendia

    4. School Threat Assessment — analyzes communication and behaviors to determine whether a student, staff member, or other person may pose a threat.

      1. Behavioral Health and Public Schools Self-Assessment Tool for Schools, included in the final report from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Public Schools

    5. Capacity Assessment — examines the capabilities of students and staff as well as the services and material resources of community partners.

    6. Violence

  • Best Practice Considerations for Schools in Active Shooter and Other Armed Assailant Drills: Guidance from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), 2014

  • Tips for Protecting Children in Violence-Based Emergencies, Save the Children

  • Safe School Initiative, a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Secret Service on preventing school violence.

    1. Weather-related Emergencies

  • Follow National Weather Service's (NWS) Forecast Office — Boston/Taunton, MA

  • Sign up for Massachusetts Alerts, a free public safety alerting app including notifications on severe weather watches and warnings

    1. VI. Resources from State Agencies

  • Massachusetts Department of Fire Services' Schools / Fire Prevention Resources and Working with Schools

  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health — School Health

  • Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

  • Massachusetts State Police

  • Massachusetts Task Force Report on School Safety and Security (July 2014)

  • Other Grants to States for School Emergency Management (GSEM) partners:

    1. Colorado: Colorado School Safety Resource Center

    2. Ohio: Safer Schools Ohio

    3. Washington: School Safety Center
      VII. Resources at the National Level

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — Caring for Children in a Disaster

  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — School Safety

  • The National School Safety Center

  • Save the Children — Get Ready Get Safe

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) — Safe Schools/Healthy Student (SS/HS)

  • US Department of Education — Office of Elementary and Secondary Education — Office of Safe and Healthy Students

    1. Influenza Preparedness

      1. U.S Dept. of Health and Human Services

      2. Mass. Dept. of Public Health

    2. Environmental Safety


      2. School bus safety poster

      3. W. Springfield oil spill




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