Crisis Response

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Governor Mifflin School District maintains a Crisis Response Plan that is evaluated and updated regularly by the Director of Safe Schools and the Superintendent. The document includes the roles, responsibilities and action plans for the district's Crisis Response Team, teachers, school administrators, office and custodial staff, bus drivers and chaperones for a number of types of crises. 

Click on the links below to read that portion of the District's Crisis Response Plan:

  • School Bus or Van Accident

    Schools are vulnerable to transportation accidents due to the many miles our vans and buses travel each school year. While this form of transportation remains statistically a very safe means of travel, we need to be prepared to response to transportation accidents involving our school vehicles.
  • Chartered Bus Accident

    The district often uses chartered buses for longer distance, overnight activities and trips. The greater distance poses additional challenges that local area accidents do not encounter. In cases of a chartered bus accident, communications and liaison activities with the bus contractor (vender) and investigating law enforcement have a much more critical role in our response.
  • Sick or Injured Child

    Given the number of students transported each year by the District, the potential for a student to be injured or become ill during a van or bus transport is high. In cases of a medical emergency (injury or illness) of a student or other passenger during van or bus transport, this protocol should be followed.

 

Talking About Violence

The National Mental Health Association recommends that parents talk to children about crises, particular those that involve violence. It is important to reassure children that the adults in their lives are doing everything they can to make their environment—school, home, and neighborhood—safe for them. Here are some tips:

  • Validate the child’s feelings. Do not minimize a child’s concerns. Let him/her know that serious school violence is not common, which is why these incidents attract so much media attention. Stress that schools are safe places. In fact, recent studies have shown that schools are more secure now than ever before.
  • Empower children to take action regarding school safety. Encourage them to report specific incidents (such as bullying, threats or talk of suicide) and to develop problem solving and conflict resolution skills. Encourage older children to actively participate in student-run anti-violence programs.
  • Discuss the safety procedures that are in place at your child’s school. Explain why visitors sign in at the principal’s office or certain doors remain locked during the school day. Help your child understand that such precautions are in place to ensure his or her safety and stress the importance of adhering to school rules and policies.
  • Create safety plans with your child. Help identify which adults (a friendly secretary, trusted teacher or approachable administrator) your child can talk to if they feel threatened at school. Also ensure that your child knows how to reach you (or another family member or friend) in case of crisis during the school day. Remind your child that they can talk to you anytime they feel threatened.
  • Recognize behavior that may indicate your child is concerned about returning to school. Younger children may react to school violence by not wanting to attend school or participate in school-based activities. Teens and adolescents may minimize their concerns outwardly, but may become argumentative, withdrawn, or allow their school performance to decline.
  • Seek help when necessary. If you are worried about a child’s reaction or have ongoing concerns about his/her behavior or emotions, contact a mental health professional at school or at your community mental health center.

 

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