ART Members Train At Cambridge Police Headquarters

School based ART members (Administrative Response Teams) train at Cambridge Police Headquarters in the National Incident Response System, part of the USDOE Readiness for Emergency Management in Schools Grant awarded to the Cambridge Public Schools for 2011-2012. Approximately 124 CPS staff are being trained in October.

One of the lessons learned after 9/11 was that interagency coordination and communication is critical in responding effectively to emergencies. As a result, the National Incident Management System was created, so first responders could have a unified command structure and would be able communicate with each other using the same terminology and compatible technology. Schools and universities were invited to participate by applying for federal grants to update their district and school emergency procedures, using an “all hazards” approach,” in partnership with their local first responders and other community agencies. As part of the grant, the Cambridge Public Schools are partnering with the Cambridge Police, Fire and Cambridge 911 Departments, the Cambridge Health Alliance, and the Cambridge Department of Human Services to review and update our emergency response procedures.

Outcomes of the grant will include publication of new administrative and classroom emergency procedures flip books, which will be placed in every office and classroom. It will include training for district and school based personnel on the new procedures, and publication of a parent brochure on emergency procedures, available in hard copy and online in a new “Creating Safe Schools” website. The website will be linked to district and school home pages and will be organized by constituency including pages for students, parents, teachers, the media, and a general resource section including information on all aspects of emergency response; prevention and intervention as well as response and recovery, the focus of the grant. 

The timeline for the grant is that procedures and policies will be reviewed and updated by the end of 2011. Training will take place by June, 2012, flipbooks will be distributed over the summer 2012 and the website will go online in the fall of 2012. Parent brochures will be sent out in the fall of 2012 as well.

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