U.S. Departments of Education, Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services Release School Safety District Guide (November 2019 Shool Leader Update)
On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice released a new planning guide to help districts support schools developing and maintaining customized emergency operations plans (EOPs). 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 is a compliment 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.
In Iowa, Districts have already worked on developing High Quality School Emergency Plans under this model due to legislation from the 2018 legislative session requiring school and school districts develop these plans. If you have any questions about continuing to develop these plans you can contact Rob Olsen at Rob.Olsen@iowa.gov or 515-281-4743.