Schools must prepare to deal with the same types of emergencies that threaten any workplace or home. Fires, natural disasters, contagious diseases and potential criminal activity require clear preventive and response measures.
In support of our priority to maintain student and staff safety, schools and the supervisory union will review current emergency management protocols and develop coordinated emergency operations plans during the 2016-17 school year. This effort will require close collaboration with local community agencies, which began in July 2016.
Following state recommended best practices, we will create school-level teams to manage school based planning and develop an OSSU Public Safety Team with representation from law enforcement, emergency management, fire departments, rescue, transportation, and mental health. The purpose of this team is to assist school teams in their work and also to develop regional-level crisis support efforts since OSSU must be prepared to coordinate across six towns and four counties. This work consists of
mapping out the four phases of emergency management:
The Agency of Education and Vermont Emergency Management recommend creating a system with the following teams. We are currently seeking a community member from one of our towns to join the OSSU Public Safety Team. For more information, please contact Marina Chapman at 595-3924 or email@example.com:
A road map is already underway to accomplish this goal. Initial discussions with state school emergency planning management experts took place in early June, before the Hazen incident. Representatives from law enforcement, fire, rescue, emergency management, and mental health have been invited to join the process, starting with an introductory meeting on July 26th. School team members will attend state-sponsored trainings in early August. Teams will meet on a regular basis next year to develop and implement the plans at the school- and SU-level. Team members will also work to educate students and staff throughout the year, beginning next fall.
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