School Safety District Guide Released By U.S. DOE, U.S. DOJ, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services
The Role of Districts in Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (District Guide) delivers on an interagency recommendation from the Federal Commission on School Safety's final report to provide resources to assist schools and school districts in developing customized school EOPs with their community partners, such as first responders.
The District Guide serves as a complement to the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (School Guide) and provides information that can assist school districts in fulfilling both their individual and shared emergency planning responsibilities. Specifically, the District Guidecomplements the earlier School Guide by recommending specific roles and responsibilities for district-level administrators and staffs. Districts' responsibilities include the following:
- Coordinating with schools and community partners to make EOPs a collaborative effort and help ensure integration with district, local, or regional, state, tribal, and federal agency EOPs.
- Laying out planning parameters for use by schools throughout the entire district.
- Supporting schools at each step as they develop EOPs that address and plan for the wide variety of prioritized hazards and threats specific to their school community's needs.
The District Guide also contains a checklist of activities and responsibilities for districts that allows them to stay on course and track their progress over time. Core planning teams within school districts can use this guide to inform the development of local policies and procedures related to school EOP development.