AACPS has in place a Crisis and
Emergency Management Plan provides basic guidelines and
procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency
or crisis incident. All school staff are familiar
with the plan and their individual responsibilities in
the event of an emergency.
and Emergency terminology is used when determining a
course of action for emergencies or crises.
Emergencies are events or incidents that will most likely require the
initiation of an “Emergency Procedure.”
- Crises are events or incidents that
require immediate action to
prevent or minimize a highly undesirable
Does The Plan Address?
takes in consideration of all four phases of emergency
and crisis management planning:
participates in or has initiated the measures
to mitigate and/or prevent emergency and crisis
Preparation and execution of this plan coupled
with the training requirements are the basis for
the school’s preparedness phase of emergency and
crisis management planning.
The plan addresses appropriate responses for the
following emergencies and crisis incident(s):
Examples of “Emergency Incidents,” but not limited to:
Severe Weather (storms, lightning, limited
visibility for travel)
Student or staff deaths (suicide, homicide,
unintentional, or natural)
Utility System Emergencies
Traumatic incident(s) as a result of any of the above or
below critical incidents
The aftermath of a crisis or emergency
- The recovery process has the goal of returning the facility staff and students
to the pre-incident level of instruction and operations as quickly and
appropriately as possible.
Incident Command System
At the initiation of an emergency, the principal
is the primary person responsible for managing the
- Directing/supporting the facilitation of
the emergency response.
- Communicating with the
central office and on-site media requests. Requesting
assistance from the Central Office or school system.
resources to include trauma or student safety incident(s).
- Ensuring first responders are requested if appropriate.
Command System (ICS) Team
Each school has designated personnel to help the
principal to properly manage emergencies, critical
incidents, and assist first responders. The first
responders always take the lead role. Normally the Safe
Schools Teams are key members of the Incident
Command System Teams.
Staff Response for Special Needs
procedures and information includes special needs
students and staff.