Safety, Crisis Management Addressed at School Districts

By Curtis, Aerin | Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY), September 7, 2014 | Go to article overview

Safety, Crisis Management Addressed at School Districts


Curtis, Aerin, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY)


Statewide group has schools reviewing security At a glance A committee stemming from the state School Safety and Security Task Force is working with districts around the state to offer training and building security audits.

CHEYENNE - School districts and buildings around the state are getting their own round of testing and training.

The School Safety Advisory Committee has been working with school districts to address safety topics and crisis management.

The work includes representatives from organizations like the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security and Wyoming Department of Education, said Kelly Ruiz, Homeland Security's public information officer.

"The overall goals are to assist the school districts, law enforcement and safety agencies to refine crisis management plans and develop or enhance emergency communications," she said.

The work is building off of work done by the state's School Safety and Security Task Force, according to committee information. That group created the Wyoming Comprehensive Public Safety Planning Model. The next stages of the work include setting up a series of trainings for school districts, law enforcement members and first- responders around the state, Ruiz said.

"There's been a lot of training set up starting in October," she said. "We're trying to offer each course several times." Multiple sessions of the courses are set to be offered to help educators work around class schedules, she added.

The courses will offer technical assistance and cover topics such as screening people, observational skills, crisis management for school-based incidents, mental health first aid, behavioral indicators for aggressive behavior and standard response protocol, Ruiz said.

"That's one that's been stressed quite a bit," she said. "It tries to standardize response (either) for school personnel or first- responders." Regardless of the emergency situation, the goal of the work is to make sure that people know how to respond and work together, she said. …

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