News from AASA:

In response to the growing violence in our public schools shattering communities throughout the U.S., AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has released “School Safety & Crisis Planning,” a toolkit for proactive best practices before, during and after a crisis.

Specifically designed for superintendents and other district administrators, the online resource features a select group of safety leaders throughout the country who are ready to provide peer-to-peer guidance about a variety of crises, including school shootings, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, suicides and other major incidents that arrive without a moment’s notice.

“The horrific school shootings we continue to hear about have created a turning point toward the issue of school safety,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “All children have the right to live and learn in a safe environment. As the nation’s largest organization representing the leaders of our public schools, we felt it was our responsibility to create a digital safety solution package, specifically tailored for AASA members as well as non-member superintendents in their plight against the gun violence that continues to threaten our schools and students.”

Click here to view Dan’s video introduction.

“There is no greater need in our communities than to ensure that our children attending our public schools have a safe environment to learn and to grow,” said Chris Gaines, superintendent, Mehlville (St. Louis, Mo.) School District and president of AASA. “We encourage schools and school districts to share our resources and work together to make our communities stronger and safer.”

The toolkit also features a 24-hour hotline managed by Joseph Erardi, former superintendent of Newtown Public Schools. “The time is now to foster a district culture that makes student success and well-being a priority,” said Erardi. “I was privileged to spend my final four years before retirement in Newtown, post-Sandy Hook. I found the work incredibly complex and even more incredibly rewarding as the community rebuilt from such a heinous crime. We’re here to assist other communities rebuild as well.”

Resources were also contributed by the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, the National School Boards Association and the National School Public Relations Association.

As part of the toolkit, CrisisGo, an AASA School Solutions partner, is offering an emergency planning and communications platform to AASA members at no cost. The “AASA Safe Classroom” app allows school safety leaders to send audible emergency alerts and enable two-way communications to every computer and mobile device in the school.

Click here to access the School Safety & Crisis Planning Toolkit.