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ADVIS School Safety Resources    
In light of the national conversation regarding gun safety and school security, please see what ADVIS is doing to assist our schools with emergency preparedness.
School Security Summit    
Co-Sponsored by ADVIS and PAISBOA
On February 7, 2013, nearly 200 Heads, Trustees, Plant and Facilities Directors, Business Managers, Communications Directors and members of Crisis Management Planning Teams, from area schools convened at The Episcopal Academy for "Thinking About the Unthinkable" ADVIS & PAISBOA School Security Summit. Schools today face more challenges than ever before as we strive to offer students the safest learning environment possible. This program addressed practical security tips and ways to evaluate schools' safety needs. Presentation materials below:
 Emergency Planning for Schools

The foundation for response to shootings and other violence on campus is an Emergency Action Plan. Shootings are one—but only one—important part of emergency planning for your school. If we don’t have workable and effective planning, training and exercising, then we can’t respond to any emergency, much less to very violent crises like an active shooter. As the reports unfold in Newtown, the six women employees were well trained and exercised on a broad array of potential emergencies. They are the heroes who stopped the carnage from being even worse. This presentation describes the best practices for planning, training and exercising. Specifically:
  • Your school’s responsibilities under State and Federal law
  • Required All-Hazards Planning
  • Structure of your Emergency Team
  • Training of Emergency Team and other personnel
  • Command, Control and Communications
  • Coordinating with your town’s emergency services
 School Threat Assessment

William Modzeleski, SIGMA Threat Management Associates, former Associate Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education
Recent rampage shootings raise important questions about the security of schools and the actions educational institutions should take to promote campus security. Using recent statistics and claims data, this program provides an overview of the problem of school violence and the legal liability stemming from it and examines why federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Secret Service, and FBI have recommended that K-12 schools develop and implement behavioral threat assessment teams to prevent school shootings and other school violence. The concept of school threat assessment and best practices for creating an effective threat assessment program are explored.
 In a Crisis, Time is the Enemy

Jane Hulbert, Crisis Communications Consultant to NAIS, founder of The Jane Group and Myra McGovern, Senior Director of Public Information, NAIS
When a crisis (big or small) hits your school, time is of the essence when it comes to communicating. This session outlines the most critical steps in a crisis and how to get it right. Specifically:
  • Practical and proven steps to take in the first 60 minutes
  • Holding statements while you’re gathering the facts
  • The role of IT
  • How to manage the media
  • How to hold a press conference should the magnitude of the crisis require it
  • Key steps you can take in advance to be as prepared as possible.

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Provided by the U.S. Secret Service (as referenced in Bill Modzeleski's Presentation) 
Authors:  U.S. Secret Service; U.S. Department of Education (as referenced in Bill Modzeleski's Presentation)
Authors:  U.S. Secret Service; U.S. Department of Education; University of South Florida
Recommended by Bo Mitchell as a source for information and assistance with emergency management, the IAEM is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the "Principles of Emergency Management."
Many schools are revisiting their emergency management plans, particularly those relating to campus violence. The federal government has this comprehensive site designed to help schools gather information to bolster their planning processes. Schools interested in this site can find further support on the student safety front from the Council for American Private Education.
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