PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS refers to the ability of Public Health Agencies, healthcare systems, communities, and individuals to PREPARE for, RESPOND to, and RECOVER from public health emergencies like natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks, acts of bioterrorism, or any other event that affects the lives of every Idahoan.
One goal of the Idaho State Department of Education is to increase district and school capacity to establish and maintain a positive education climate, with emphasis on a safe learning environment and the intellectual, physical, social and psychological well-being of every child.
In January 2013, in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna convened a group of stakeholders to take a renewed look at school safety and security across Idaho. Idaho first took a comprehensive look at school safety and security in 2007, with support from the Idaho Legislature. In addition, Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter has appointed Colonel Jerry Russell, retired Idaho State Police director, to work with the Idaho State Department of Education in assessing safety and security across Idaho and making recommendations for improvements.
Superintendent Luna requested funding from the Idaho Legislature to fund the work of the Idaho School Safety and Security Stakeholder Group in the coming year. The group is made up of representatives from education, law enforcement, and first responders. The group has met regularly since January and expects to have recommendations prepared for the 2014 Legislature.
The Idaho School Safety and Security Stakeholder Group has identified the following statements to guide its work.
The Idaho School Safety and Security Stakeholder Group has identified the following determination statements regarding concerns it is working to address.
The Idaho School Safety and Security Stakeholder Group has identified the following determination statements for strategies it will use to address concerns and develop recommendations.
The decision to authorize school staff to carry weapons on campus can have significant, unintended consequences and requires thorough discussion and preparation to determine if the benefits outweigh the risks. Idaho Safe and Secure Schools Task Force has identified the following actions and decision points to be addressed prior to authorization of weapon carrying among school staff:
*The decision to authorize school staff to carry weapons on school campus in Idaho rests with locally elected school boards per section 18-3302D(4)(f), Idaho Code. Absent extenuating circumstances, the Idaho Safe and Secure Schools Task Force does not recommend the authorization of school staff to carry weapons on campus for school safety / security purposes.
In FY 2008, the public schools budget included $150,000 to fund the Safe Schools Study and a report to the Legislature. The Legislature has allocated $100,000 in the FY 2009 public schools budget for the Department to continue work on improving school security in Idaho. In 2007, the state published the results of the Statewide Safe and Secure Schools Assessment. As a result, the state took the following next steps:
|Educators Guide to School Safety Equipment|
|School Safety Continuum Matrix|
|School District Standardization of CCTV|
|School Safety VulnerabilityAssessment|
|Establishing Standardized Lockdown Procedures|
FEMA Webinar For Schools
The direct link to access National Response Framework (NRF) - National Incident Management System (NIMS) Updates is http://184.108.40.206/launcher.cgi?room=IdahoLive_Aspen_2010_0121_1253_35.
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The U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) is pleased to announce the release of the "NIMS Implementation Activities for Schools and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)."
|Announcement of Guidance Final|
|Checklist NIMS Implementation Activities Final|
|Comprehensive Guidance_NIMS Activities Final|
|Key Personnel and Training for Schools and HEIs 3 page Final|