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The Iowa Department of Education believes school districts must be adequately prepared for a variety of emergencies that threaten the young lives of Iowa students each day. The Department provides resources from Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools - Technical Assistance (REMS-TA) that assists public school districts and non-public schools with developing high-quality school emergency operations plans (EOPs). The process for developing EOPs involves working collaboratively with district and community partners to assure the developed plans are complete and reflect actual capabilities and available resources. It is critical to involve district staff, local emergency management staff, first responders, and public and mental health officials during the planning process to integrate the district plan with community, regional, and state plans. The school’s EOP should provide an overview of the school’s approach to operations before, during, and after an emergency.

Continuity of Operations (COOP) Annex 

When an emergency happens, it may be difficult to plan for continuity of operations and learning. That is why it’s important for education agencies to create a Continuity of Operations (COOP) Annex as a part of their emergency operations plans (EOPs). A COOP Annex outlines how planning and response teams will ensure that essential functions continue during an emergency and its immediate aftermath. Essential functions include business services (payroll and purchasing), communication (internal and external), computer and systems support, facilities maintenance, safety and security, and continuity of teaching and learning. Maximizing the strength of an education agency’s plans for continuity is an important part of the work that emergency management teams do at the K-12 and higher ed levels to ensure that learning can continue both during and after an emergency.

Continuity of Operations Resources

EOP Infectious Disease Resources for Schools

School EOPS In-Depth: Planning for Infectious Diseases Online Course

Emergency Exercises Package

Infectious Disease Planning Training Package

Training

Emergency Operations Planning Webinars

During the 2018-2019 school year, the Department of Education is offering a monthly webinar to help districts and schools prepare high-quality emergency operations plans. Participation in the webinars is encouraged to complete your high quality emergency operations plans by June 30, 2019.

Each webinar will provide step-by-step assistance in developing high quality EOPs. Webinars will be recorded and posted to this webpage within three business days of the original webinar date.

Legislation requires high quality emergency operations plans for all public and accredited nonpublic schools, both district-wide and individual school buildings. Plans must include (but not limited to) responses to active shooter scenarios and natural disasters. An emergency operations drill based on these plans is also required annually in each individual building.

The monthly webinars will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will last 45 minutes. See the table below for webinar links and materials.

Date Time Webinar Links or Recordings Materials (if applicable)
Tues. Oct. 23, 2018 10:00 a.m. Session 1: Beginning the Basic Plan Session 1 Worksheet
Session 1 Template
Session 1 PowerPoint
Tues. Nov. 20, 2018 10:00 a.m. Session 2: The Basic Plan - Assumptions, Concept of Operations, Roles and Responsibilities Session 2 Template
Session 2 PowerPoint
Tues. Dec. 18, 2018 10:00 a.m.

Session 3: Direction, Control, Coordination

Before and After School Activities Recording

Session 3 Template
Incident Command System for Schools
Session 3 PowerPoint

Tues. Jan. 15, 2019 10:00 a.m.

Session 4: Completing the Threat Annexes

Fire Prevention and Planning Recording

Session 4 Template
Session 4 PowerPoint
Fire Prevention PowerPoint

Tues. Feb. 19, 2019 10:00 a.m. Session 5: Emergency Management Agencies

Session 5 PowerPoint
Emergency Management PowerPoint

Tues. Mar. 19, 2019 10:00 a.m. Session 6: Reunification Plan and Active Shooter Exercise Training  
Tues. Apr. 16, 2019 10:00 a.m. Session 7: Planning and Designing Your School from a Holistic Approach

Session 7 Powerpoint 
BARA
Tornado Protection

Tues. May 21, 2019 10:00 a.m. Session 8: Family Assistance Center - Interview with Karen Gale (FBI Victim Specialist)  
Tues. Jun. 11, 2019 10:00 a.m. Session 9: Next Steps for Your EOP Session 9 PowerPoint

Emergency Management Virtual Toolkit for Education Agencies Serving K-12 Schools

(Click the link above for registration information to install the toolkit at the local level.)

The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center has created an Emergency Management Virtual Toolkit for K-12 schools to disseminate consistent information, guidance, trainings, and tools on school emergency management.

See the Emergency Management Virtual Toolkit here.

The toolkit, which is divided into three sections—develop high-quality emergency operations plans (EOPs), engage youth and the community and connect with other emergency management practitioners—provides users with an opportunity to populate their own education agency’s website or emergency management webpage with the latest Federal school emergency management training and technical assistance resources and information for schools in their state or district.

Emergency Operations Planning training presentation. This training presentation was presented by Jane Colacecchi and Dave Johnston.

Part I - Legislative Update

Part 2 - Developing Goals and Objectives

Part 3 - What Makes the Active Shooter Situation Different

Tabletop Exercise Library

Exercise Title Situation Manual PowerPoint/Supporting Documents
Reunification Reunification Exercise Situation Manual Reunification TTX PowerPoint
Active Shooter Iowa Elementary School Active Shooter Situation Manual
Iowa Middle School Active Shooter Situation Manual
Iowa High School Active Shooter Situation Manual
 

Iowa Elementary School Active Shooter PowerPoint
Iowa Middle School Active Shooter PowerPoint
Iowa High School Active Shooter PowerPoint
Iowa After Action Report
Iowa Feedback Form

Kitchen Fire Exercise - Kitchen Fire  
Internal Chemical Spill Exercise - Internal Chemical Spill  
External Chemical Spill Exercise - External Chemical Spill  
Fire Drill Exercises - SitMan - Fire Drill  

Planning Resources

The Iowa School EOP planning template and the FEMA Sample School EOP planning template are provided here to assist you with your efforts. The content of the Iowa template has been developed from the comments received during the workshops, directions provided in the Guide to Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans, the FEMA Sample School Emergency Operations Plan, and from nationally identified best practices.

The text in italics provides additional information or instructions on how to complete the associated section of the plan. The regular text is provided as sample language to assist your planning team in better understanding the type of information needed in each section. You are free to use the language provided, but I must strongly stress that simply inserting your district’s name in place of bold text will not result in a truly comprehensive plan, nor will it accurately reflect a plan specific to your district. This should be a collaborative process focused on the needs of the district and school sites.

Section 4 Situation Overview

Information Dissemination Worksheet

Injured and Missing Classroom Report Form

EOP Communications to Parents

Sample Plans

Sample Reunification Plan

Iowa Sample School Emergency Operations Plan

Massachusetts School Emergency Operations Plan

Sample School Emergency Operations Plan (FEMA)

Iowa School Safety

Every school in Iowa should have a school safety plan in case of a natural disaster, medical emergencies, bomb threats and other situations. Though not mandatory in Iowa, leaders in education, law enforcement, fire safety and homeland security agree that school safety plans are important.

The following agencies and associations worked together to create safety resources for schools: Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Department of Public Safety - Intelligence Fusion Center, State of Iowa Fire Marshal's Office, School Administrators of Iowa, Iowa State Education Association, Iowa Association of School Boards, Heartland Area Education Agency.

The guide below serves as a template for creating local school safety plans. Flip charts offer how-to advice for educators about an emergency or how to react to one. A self assessment and threat report form are also available for school use.

School leaders are encouraged make these plans their own. The goal is to get all stakeholders on the same page when it comes to school safety.

Iowa School Safety Self Assessment

Iowa School Safety Threat Report Form

Resources

ABC's of School Safety - Resource from the American Association of School Administrators.

FBI Preventing Violent Extremism in Schools

Fire Drill Lesson Plans

Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Iowa School Safety Alliance

Legal Lessons on School Safety

NASP School Safety and Crisis Resources - The National Association of School Psychologists has assembled quality resources to promote the ability of children and youth to cope with traumatic or unsettling events.

National School Safety Alliance (NSSA)

The NSSA is a grassroots effort to bring together school safety professionals who are responsible for the safety and security of the children and staff in all the schools across our great nation. It is a collaborative effort, and inclusive of the different stakeholder communities, to include State Education Agency (SEA) designated state level school safety centers and/or other agencies responsible for school safety at the state level, and our federal and national partners.

Public Venue Bag Search Procedures Guide

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center (REMS TA) - Supports schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education, with their community partners, in the development of high-quality emergency operations plans and comprehensive emergency management planning efforts.

Safe School Initiative Report

School Safety and Crisis Planning (AASA)

Online Courses

REMS TA Center Virtual Trainings - A diverse set of trainings, including webinars and self-paced online courses on school emergency management available at no cost to schools. Certificates are issued electronically by the U.S. Department of Education.

Emergency Management Institute - Offers self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment.

The following courses are recommended for those interested in school emergency response planning:

Archived Webinars

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on July 05, 2020 at 4:14pm.