Emergencies hit schools at the most inopportune times. From severe weather, wild animals on the playground, active shooters, or the death of a student or staff member, emergencies take many forms. Being prepared with a plan that has been created by your school’s team and local partners, approved by your trustees, and practiced by your school community is vital to increasing student and staff safety. Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) provide guidance and practical solutions on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergency situations. This planning process helps schools minimize injuries and property damage during an incident, and expedites the recovery process following an incident.
Current Montana law regarding emergency planning in schools: MCA 20-1-401
CCSSO School Safety Steering Committee
Superintendent Arntzen serves on the Council of Chief State School Officers' School Safety Steering Committee. Visit the Committee's website for the latest in national school safety work: https://ccsso.org/topics/school-safety
MONTANA SAFE SCHOOLS SUMMIT IN BUTTE – AUGUST 20‐21, 2019
National, regional, and state experts in school safety headline a Montana statewide safe schools summit in Butte on August 20th and 21st, 2019 to discuss and advance best practices for student and educator safety and creating safe school environments. Designed for school safety teams, educators, school nurses, mental health professionals, law enforcement, and emergency and disaster preparedness coordinators, the Jeremy Bullock Safe Schools Summit has a theme of School Safety – Prevention and Preparedness. Information about the Summit, as well as registration details, can be found at: jeremybullocksafeschools.com.
CRISIS MANAGEMENT FOR SCHOOL-BASED INCIDENTS - MILES CITY - AUGUST 21, 2019
Partnering Rural Law Enforcement, First Responders, and Local School Systems in an 8-hour, Department of Homeland Security-approved course designed to educate rural law enforcement personnel as well as school administrators and staff on the elements that would allow for an effective response to school-based emergencies. This tuition-free course is beneficial for rural police and sheriff departments, school administrators, school resource officers, counselors, and others involved in school safety and security. Registration Deadline: August 7, 2019. AWR 148 Flyer and Registration link.