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Emergency Management Planning for Schools

Information for Schools about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Emergency Management Planning Updates
01/27/2023 Download PDF Document  School Behavioral Threat Assessments: An Introduction for Educators K-12. Wednesday, February 15th or Thursday, February 16th, 2023. See flyer for details and registration.

Laws and Regulations

Also see DESE's Bullying Prevention and Intervention and Medical Emergency Response Plan web pages for additional information on school safety laws and regulations.

Additional Information and Resources


Resources

Resources by Topic

Bullying and Harassment
Bus Safety
Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning
Drills and Exercises
Emergency Operations Planning (EOP)
NIMS/ICS
Positive Learning Environment
Preparedness
Prevention and Mitigation
Recovery
Reunification
School Health
Special Needs/ Functional and Access Needs
Suicide Prevention
Threat and Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (THIRA)
  • Identifying hazards
  • Assessing hazards
    • Assessing School-Based Hazards: Hazard Assessment Checklist, FEMA
    • Site Assessment — examines the safety, accessibility, and emergency preparedness of the school's buildings and grounds.
    • Culture and Climate Assessment — evaluates student and staff connectedness to the school and problem behaviors.
    • School Threat Assessment — analyzes communication and behaviors to determine whether a student, staff member, or other person may pose a threat.
    • Capacity Assessment — examines the capabilities of students and staff as well as the services and material resources of community partners.
Violence
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

Resources from State Agencies

Resources at the National Level


For more information or assistance, please contact:

Anne Gilligan
Safe and Healthy Schools
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
(781) 338-6309

or contact Anne or others through the Office of Student and Family Support via
(781) 338-3010 or achievement@doe.mass.edu

Last Updated: January 27, 2023

 
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