While high profile crisis events and instances of violent crimes at school are extremely rare, it is essential that all schools be prepared to respond to emergency situations as part of their school safety and crisis planning and preparation.  Eastern Carver County Schools is dedicated to the education and safety of all students. In the event of an emergency, it is the obligation of the school district and personnel to ensure that all students have a plan in place to meet their needs. Each school’s IEP / 504 Plan Team(s) are responsible for identifying, discussing, developing and implementing emergency safety plans for students who are in need of a specialized plan. Majority of our students with disabilities can effectively follow district and school emergency plans, but for students who need individualized plans, our teams follow specific procedures to plan and implement safety plans.

Examples of emergency procedures that may be addressed include fire drills, tornado drills, intruder drills, gas leak or electrical fire drills.  If teams identify a need for an emergency safety plan, details are documented in the student’s IEP or 504 Plan and reviewed on an annual basis.

If you are interested in learning more, you are recommended to contact your child’s IEP manager or 504 plan manager.  For more information, check out the following documents-

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Helping Children Cope with Terrorism: Tips for Families and Educators

Superintendent Clint Christopher: safe schools are about more than secure buildings