AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is pleased to present its revised School Safety and Crisis Planning toolkit, comprised of online resources to assist school district leaders during these very challenging times. Originally launched in 2018, added features include information addressing the critical issues of mental health, cybersecurity and physical safety, while our 24-hour hotline service is still available for the benefit of AASA members. Once again, we are grateful for the continued support provided by our partners in this important initiative.
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The horrific school shootings we continue to hear about have created a turning point toward the issue of school safety. All children have the right to live and learn in a safe environment. As the nation’s largest organization representing the leaders of our public schools, we felt it was our responsibility to create a digital safety solution package, specifically tailored for AASA members as well as non-member superintendents in their plight against the gun violence that continues to threaten our schools and students.
“Everyone has the responsibility to provide a safe and healthy learning environment, whether you are a school district leader, administrator, teacher, parent, student, or other member of the community. Together, we can foster positive and inclusive environments, provide effective social-emotional care and mental health programs, improve critical safety technologies, and enhance risk-management processes to address whatever crises may come our way. ASBO International is proud to do its part by providing tools that districts need to help our children learn, grow, and thrive."
NSPRA is proud to partner with AASA and provide the necessary resources in our efforts to help ensure the safety of our schools and most importantly, our students. We know that speed and accuracy are critical components in any crisis situation for well trained school safety and crisis teams. Their plans should be reviewed and practiced on a regular basis.
Protecting the physical, social, emotional and mental health of our children is of upmost importance. NSBA and school boards across the country are committed to supporting the innovation that we’ve seen during the pandemic and the transformation that’s needed to bring public education into the future—a future that is more just and equitable and one where each child is safe and supported.
School districts must be prepared in order to ensure on-going school safety and respond appropriately when a crisis does occur. Key elements include balancing physical and psychological safety, establishing an appropriately trained school crisis team, addressing the mental health needs of students and staff, and having access to succinct, evidence-based information. School district leaders will find AASA’s toolkit a valuable resource in helping to guide these efforts. School psychologists are critical members of school safety and crisis teams, and NASP is pleased to contribute some of our expert resources to the School Safety and Crisis Planning toolkit to support effective prevention, response, and recovery.
In school crisis situations, it’s imperative that resources are readily available to help school staff, educators and administrators make important decisions. ASCA is dedicated to working with partner organizations to provide information and tools to help these leaders make sound decisions related to the care of their school communities.
The intent and design of this toolkit is to provide a checklist of necessary procedures before, during and after a crisis that is easily accessible by school leaders and designed specifically for school superintendents. School superintendents are encouraged to share their findings with key stakeholders in their districts. In addition, school superintendents are further encouraged to share their opinions on this toolkit with the AASA Executive Leadership Team as this toolkit will always be presented as a work in progress.
What I need to know and do as the district’s superintendent pertaining to security and safety best practice:
What I need to do in the midst of chaos:
What I need to do in the aftermath of a tragedy:
School leaders can have an immediate direct connect to their safety concerns by dialing 571-480-0313. Joseph Erardi, a former member of the AASA Executive Committee and retired superintendent from Newtown, Conn., will navigate your needs to an appropriate colleague who has experienced your safety concern.
Erardi retired from the Newtown Public School District in August 2017, bringing to close a 40-year career of public service to children. He served as a Connecticut superintendent for 18 years and is a former member of the AASA Governing Board and Executive Committee. Following his retirement from the superintendency, Erardi has been privileged to work with AASA in developing this hands-on safety toolkit designed for school superintendents.