The Rhode Island Department of Education is guided by what is in the best interest of students and this includes ensuring that our students have safe and healthy learning environments. Emergency Preparedness requires collaboration from various stakeholders to maximize the health, safety, and welfare of students and staff when confronted with an emergency situation. To achieve this, district administrators, principals, teachers, students, state officials, and local police and fire departments must work together to effectively execute a school emergency plan.
It is important for LEAs to establish relationships with potential partners before a crisis occurs. While it is not possible to prevent every emergency, proper preparation and collaboration can mitigate harm. When teachers, principals, administrators and first responders collaborate, they maximize the health, safety, and welfare of students and staff when confronted with an emergency situation.
School Crisis Response Plans
Many schools have adopted School Crisis Response Plans that address Preparedness, Response and Recovery in all types of situations. We urge all Rhode Island Schools to adopt a School Crisis Response Plan.
Please visit the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency’s website to request plans.