Emergency preparedness is vital to the protection of our students, staff and visitors. ISD 279 has developed a comprehensive Emergency Plan that incorporates all four phases of crisis management:
ISD 279’s plan was designed with the help of local law enforcement, emergency management, and public health officials. Each school has customized the plan for their building. If you have questions regarding your school’s specific procedures, please contact the Principal.
National Incident Management System
Emergency response agencies are required to use the National Incident Management System (NIMS) or Incident Command System (ICS) as an organizational model for assigning resources during an emergency. ISD 279 has adopted the same system to allow us to work together more efficiently.
Universal Response Actions
ISD 279’s Emergency Plan is based on an “all-hazard” approach that incorporates five Universal Response Actions. Universal Response Actions are clear, standardized directives that can be implemented quickly in a variety of emergency situations. When an emergency happens, the Principal or administrator will implement one of the following response actions:
- Reverse Evacuation
- Severe Weather Shelter
- Shelter in Place
Crisis Response Teams
Each school has established a Building Crisis Response Team (BCRT). The team consists of an immediately accessible core group of school personnel who have the knowledge and skills to handle an emergency situation. A District Crisis Response Team (DCRT) has also been formed to support the building teams.
Mental Health Resources
ISD 279 stands ready to assist schools in providing short or long-term mental health support during and after a crisis. The District Support and Recovery Team (DSRT) can be assembled quickly to provide these services. Community resources have also been arranged to assist if needed.
ISD 279 offers CPR training to all employees free of charge. For more information, contact the Health Services Coordinator at the Educational Service Center.
ISD 279 is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for its students, staff and visitors. In an effort to combat issues such as bullying, weapons, drugs and violence, ISD 279 has established a Tip Line for people to report their concerns. Students are encouraged to talk to a parent, teacher, counselor or school administrator. If they aren’t comfortable doing that, messages can be left on the Tip Line anonymously.