Running head: A BETTER PLAN
A Better Plan
Thomas P. Liedel
Grand Canyon University
March 31, 2010
After reviewing the emergency preparedness plan for Lookout Valley High School, there were some questions that needed to be asked, reviewed and possibly modified. The school has never had to use the plan, and only practices small sections of it during the year. The plan was updated in 2009, to bring it up to date.
Overview of Emergency Plan
Before the rewrite of the emergency preparedness plan could be started, the principal sent out forms to all the teachers and staff to find out what different types of special talents were in the ...view middle of the document...
The plan has a form for students and staff that need special assistance, whether it is physical limitations, diabetes, allergies, asthma, or any other special need. These forms are in the plan and filled out completely by staff or the parents.
The trouble with this is that there has not been any type of transportation set up for these people. There are always vehicles at a school, but if someone is wheel chair bound this could really present a problem.
Principal Review of the Plan
After reviewing the emergency plan and cautiously considering every aspect of it, the plan is considered to be very well written, and easy to follow even in an extreme emergency. The staff participation of this document was outstanding. The plan still lacks a lot of pertinent information, there is several aspects that either need to be completed or have not been started. These parts must be completed before the re-inspection that will occur in the fall of the 2010 / 2011 school year. There will need to be a dedicated vehicle for people with special health needs. After talking to the church leaders they offered to supply their van for this purpose, the church brought a set of keys to the school. Several teachers are not participating of do not understand the directions they are supposed to be following during the practice emergency simulations.
The practice simulations will be reintroduced into professional developments twice per year. The first will simulation will be at the back to school professional development, with help from the Red Cross and Parent Teacher Association. These two groups have agreed to put on a fake simulation, some of the staff will work along with them to make them comfortable, and while making sure they are safe and stable.
In the 2010 / 2011 school year during homeroom, at the first of each month the school will practice different emergency strategies. No one in the school will know what emergency they will be practicing before it is announced; this will make the simulation have more of a reality feeling. Teachers will need to understand how important it is to know what they are supposed to do during a real threat. At every staff meeting different aspects will be covered to help ever staff member know how to deal with different situations. Students will be given flyers each month in homeroom along with a quiz to help instill their education of how they are supposed to react to the emergency simulations, and possibly to a real life situation.
Staff and students must be educated to understand how the emergency plan can help them when there is a situation. Training will come from professional developments for the teachers, and is class education for the students with a controlled emergency simulation in the auditorium. Parents will be invited to...