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School Safety and Crisis Response Plan Resources

Resources to assist you as you review and update your school safety and crisis response plan.
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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—Helpful resources to assist school districts with the ongoing concerns of the mental health aspects of crisis planning and crisis response may be found on the CDE Crisis Response Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/vp/scvptraining.asp. [Note: the preceding link is no longer valid. Information regarding this subject may be found at Crisis Response Web page [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/cp/crisisresp.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 [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 Prepare Your School for Emergencies [http://www.redcross.org/disaster/masters/facingfear] External link opens in new window or tab. and on the CDE Coping with Tragedy Web page [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 Mental Health Response to Mass Violence and Terrorism: A Training Manual [http://store.samhsa.gov/product/Mental-Health-Response-to-Mass-Violence-and-Terrorism-A-Training-Manual/SMA04-3959] External link opens in new window or tab. .

The CDE has a mental health listserv, which can be accessed on the CDE Mental Health Web page [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.

Questions:   Nancy Zarenda | nzarenda@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8541
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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