Crisis Preparedness

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USD 402 takes the safety and security of its students and staff very seriously. Most often, a school crisis affects the community, and a community crisis affects the schools. In order to be as prepared as possible, in consultation with crisis preparedness experts, we have prepared the USD 402 School District Crisis Response Plan as a guide for employees.

Because of safety and security concerns, the complete USD 402 School District Crisis Response Plan is not available to the general public. However, it is important that parents and the public know what they can do to help us ensure the highest level of safety and accountability for our students and staff.

Many different incidents can result in a crisis situation for a school or the school district, including medical emergencies, accidents, fires, serious illnesses, deaths, intruders, and weather events, just to name a few. The U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools states, "Crises range in scope and intensity from incidents that directly or indirectly affect a single student to ones that impact the entire community. Crises can happen before, during, or after school and on or off school campuses."
 
Because of the different types of crises that can involve schools, the USD 402 School District Crisis Response Plan uses an all-hazards approach to crisis preparedness, addressing the various categories of crises and including elements of all four phases of crisis planning recommended by experts: the prevention (mitigation) of, preparation for, response to, and recovery from crisis incidents that impact our schools.
 
The District Crisis Planning Team oversees our plan and its implementation. The plan itself was overhauled in 2011-2012 and implemented in 2012-2013. It will continue to be reviewed and revised each year. We use many resources, including the Augusta Department of Public Safety, EMC Insurance Companies, Butler County Emergency Management, Kansas Center for Safe and Prepared Schools, and FEMA.
 
Please review the information contained in these pages (see "Related Pages" at left) and contact us with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.