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School Crisis Planning:
Questions Answered


School Crisis Planning: Questions Answered
by Scott Poland, NCSP – Chair, National Emergency Assistance Team

Editor’s Note: TeachersFirst and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) have joined together to offer these pages containing important information about crisis planning. This information is drawn from Communiqué, NASP’s professional journal. Additional information on NASP is available by clicking this link, or by calling 301-657-0270. TeachersFirst will also be working with the American School Counselors’ Association to provide additional information on the ways in which counselors and teachers can work together to reduce the incidence of crises in our schools.

Does your school have a viable crisis plan? Is there a team with well-defined roles? Does every school staff member understand the plan? The best time to initiate or revamp your school’s crisis plan is now – not in the middle of a crisis! The following pages provide answers to commonly asked questions about establishing school crisis teams and procedures.

Threat Assessment – This new article offers concrete steps that teachers and administrators can take to ensure that schools identify troubled students and respond appropriately to them.

Additional Resources

Poland, S. , Pitcher, G. & Lazarus, P. ( 1 995). Best practices in crisis intervention. In A. Thomas & J. Grimes (Eds.), Best practices in school psychology-III (pp-445-458). Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.

Young, M. (1998). Community crisis response training manual. Washington, DC: National Organization of Victim Assistance.

Scott Poland is the Chairman of the National Emergency Assistance Team for NASP. He led the NOVA national crisis teams in Paducah, Kentucky and Jonesboro, Arkansas following school shootings. He recently published School Violence: Lessons Learned (1998, Sopris West).This article was previously published in the November 1998 issue of the Communique (volume 27, no. 3).

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