The Shelby County School System incorporates the Crisis Planning model from the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.
Crisis management is a continuous process in which all phases of the plan are being reviewed and revised. Good plans are never finished.
The various stages are:
Mitigation/Prevention - designed to assess and address the safety and integrity of the school facilities and culture and climate to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment.
Preparedness – school officials identify and involve key stakeholders such as first responders and community partners and work to develop policies and protocols that mitigate and prevent threats identified in safety and security assessments and inspections.
Response – schools officials and community partner’s work together to activate the emergency management plan and effectively contain and resolve an emergency.
Recovery – schools work closely with community partners, government officials and other stakeholders to assist students and staff in the healing process and to help restore the learning environment.