Ensuring the safety of students, faculty and staff is the most important part of the education industry. Parents place their children in the hands of schools and trust that in the event of an emergency, the school has a plan in place to keep their children safe. That’s why for schools across the United States, School Business Continuity Plans (SBCP) and emergency plans are requirements.
What’s a SBCP?
A SBCP is a plan that allows schools to quickly restore the learning environment after a disruption as quickly as possible. With many different aspects of schools to consider, creating a SBCP can be a daunting task.
Here are a few suggested components of a SBCP:
- A way to keep track of all students and faculty after an emergency
- Technology recovery and backup systems
- Essential data and activity outline required to maintain the structure of the school
- Who the crisis team is and what their responsibilities are
What Should My Emergency Plans Include?
While your SBCP will focus on recovery efforts once the situation has passed, your emergency plans should focus on how you will immediately respond to an emergency at your school and ways to prepare.
Your emergency plan should include the following:
- Evacuation routes and maps of the school
- How to shelter-in-place
- Emergency communication plan
- Names and responsibilities of the crisis team
- Contact information for local emergency response teams
- Plans for emergency response drills
- Location of all first aid and safety kits
- Contact information for all students
- Procedures for all visitors
Going Beyond Checking the Box
When it comes to life safety, schools have to make sure that they are doing more than checking a box to ensure they are compliant with regulations. Schools have to ensure that they are doing everything in their power to keep students safe during and after an emergency.
Here are a few ways you can ensure your students are safe regardless of the incident:
- Implement an emergency notification system – During an emergency, schools need to get the word out about the emergency as soon as possible. By implementing an emergency notification system such as the one offered by Preparis, you will be able to send out alerts to your students and faculty members quickly and efficiently.
- Train faculty and staff – To avoid having faculty and staff “freezing up” during an emergency situation, ensure everyone is familiar with how to properly respond to a situation by providing training for all faculty and staff. Preparis offers interactive, online-based training and tabletop exercises that will keep your faculty and staff knowledgeable on how to respond to any type of incident.
- Use a cloud-based document storage system – Instead of using binder storage, which can easily get destroyed or be un-accessible during an emergency, consider switching to a cloud-based document storage system that will allow you to have access to your emergency plans anytime, anywhere.
Want to learn more on how to improve your school safety efforts? Read Preparis’ blog, “5 Tips to Improve Campus Safety.”
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