What school leaders need to know about 9-1-1 operations

9-1-1 is a critical component of an effective active shooter response plan


Beyond understanding the need to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency, many people are not familiar with how emergency dispatch works. Unfortunately, this is also true for many school administrators who are tasked with evaluating and implementing technologies and procedures for use in active shooter scenarios.

It is strongly encouraged that school administrators work closely with their local law enforcement agency and 9-1-1 center to develop a solution that works best for their specific situation. With this in mind, the following are a few key points to consider.…Read More

Emergency Preparedness Plans

Safety starts with planning. For schools to create safe environments, educators need to think about how to respond quickly and effectively in the event of trouble. In this section of the S.A.F.E. Center, the editors of eSchool News have compiled examples of actual school disaster plans submitted by members of ISTE® and others.

Identifying factors such as school names, locations, telephone numbers, key contact personnel, and designated meeting places have been omitted to protect each school security plan’s confidentiality.

Every school is unique and requires planning of its own, but to give you ideas and examples for comparison, here are sample emergency and disaster plans from schools from coast to coast. We hope these resources will help you as you seek to create safer learning environments for your students, faculty, and staff members.…Read More