There are many resources to assist you as you review and update your school safety and crisis response plan. A complete set of planning resources, and funding to implement the plans you make, is available through the California Department of Education (CDE) Web site, including:
- Crisis Response Planning—Guidance for developing a complete Crisis Response Box may be found on the CDE Crisis Response Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/vp/scvptraining.asp.
- Safe School Planning—Safe Schools: A Planning Guide for Action is guidance for developing a complete safe school plan. It may be ordered from CDE Press on the Catalog Listings of Publications Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/pn/rc/ap/pubcat.aspx.
As a leader in your district, you may receive requests from schools in your area seeking resources to help students, parents, and school staff copes with traumatic events.
- Coping With Tragedy—Guidance about what can be done to alleviate the effects of tragedies on students’ emotional states may be found on the American Red Cross Web site at http://www.redcross.org/disaster/masters/facingfear and on the CDE Coping with Tragedy Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/cp/tragedy.asp.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has an excellent resource to help schools develop emergency preparedness programs at http://store.samhsa.gov/product/Mental-Health-Response-to-Mass-Violence-and-Terrorism-A-Training-Manual/SMA04-3959 .
The CDE has a mental health listserv, which can be accessed on the CDE Mental Health Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/cg/mh/. We often send out resources and valuable information related to student mental health and other important topics. We hope you take the time to sign up and share these resources with colleagues and parents to communicate the valuable information that may help them deal with mental health issues, find community resources, and cope with school violence.