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NCJ Number: 169059 Find in a Library
Title: School Crisis Teams (From School Violence Intervention: A Practical Handbook, P 127-159, 1997, Arnold P. Goldstein and Jane Close Conoley, eds. - See NCJ-169051)
Author(s): S Poland
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 23
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Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper explains the rationale and steps involved in establishing a school crisis team to respond to violence, a death, a bomb threat, or another crisis at school.
Abstract: Administrators of schools that have experienced crises advise other administrators to recognize that crisis situations can occur in any school; that crisis team members must understand their duties and update their crisis plans annually; and that the staff, students, and the community must all be prepared for a crisis. School staff must review previous crises, make a plan that fits their own situation and needs, and base planning on a theoretical model, preferably one that emphasizes the need for a crisis plan that includes primary prevention, secondary intervention in the immediate aftermath of the crisis, and tertiary intervention. Crisis teams may be organized by the school building, by the school district, or by a combination. Training should cover many areas. Issues that school crisis teams should address include communication, media policies and procedures, transportation, school design and safety, and crisis drills and readiness activities. In addition, general strategies to prevent crises include reducing the presence of guns, weapons, gangs, drug, and nonstudents on campus; establishing a positive school climate; designing schools with safety involved; and developing cooperative relationships between schools and all agencies that serve young people. Checklists, examples, and 67 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Crime in schools; Crisis intervention training; Crisis management; Emergency procedures; School delinquency programs; School security
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