Unfortunately, crisis management planning for K-12 schools is not an option anymore. It’s a must.
The Virginia Department of Education defines Crisis Management as “that part of a school division’s approach to school safety which focuses more narrowly on a time-limited, problem-focused intervention to identify, confront and resolve the crisis, restore equilibrium, and support appropriate adaptive responses.”
If you do not have a plan in place, you need to create one. If you have one, review it to make sure it’s actionable and up to date.
Your top priority is to guarantee the safety of your students and staff and provide peace of mind to this community. Follow these steps to get started:
1. Pre Plan
Crisis management planning for K-12 schools starts with laying out all the possible emergencies that can happen. Identify threats and hazards, security breaches, and other troublesome occurrences. This will give you an idea of where to get started, what to improve on and what is not necessary. It’s important to receive input from sources within and outside the school, to make sure you’ve accounted for all possible emergencies. Once completed, get this approved before implementing the plan and communicating it to the necessary parties.
2. Is it Simple?
The plan you create should be simple and easy for students and staff to understand. Incorporate checklists within your plan to help students and staff understand what they need to do in order to be safe from harm. Include pictures, bright colors, and diagrams within the plan to make it engaging and easier to understand.
Conduct drills for hypothetical situations. These drills will help prepare students and staff for worst-case scenarios. Prepare students and staff for situations such as floods, hurricanes, tornados, and active shooters.
Crisis Management Planning is a Must
It’s important for K-12 schools and universities, to prioritize safety. Creating a strong crisis communication plan will ensure that your students and staff are safe from harm and know how to protect themselves during emergency situations. Check out our latest infographic for more tips and tricks on how you can create a successful crisis planning strategy:
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