These are stressful times. If you would like to contact a social worker, psychologist or child life specialist for information on community referrals or coping resources, you can call 312.227.4118 and leave a message. Your call will be returned within 24 hours, Monday through Friday. Non-urgent questions only. For emergencies, call 911.
For information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), click here.
Para obtener información sobre el COVID-19 en español, haga clic aquí.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality School-Based Emergency Preparedness: A National Analysis and Recommended Protocol This document provides a national model for school-based emergency response planning. It provides guidance on the recommended steps for both creating and implementing a school-based emergency response plan. Steps outlined include performing needs assessments, conducting site surveys, developing training modules for school staff, and informing parents of the plan, as well as steps relating to building security and safety, preparation for large-scale emergencies, sheltering-in-place and lockdown, evacuation, relocation, and communications. Included with the guidance is a model school-based emergency response plan developed by the Brookline, Mass. school district in cooperation with the Center for Biopreparedness, the division of Harvard Medical School that prepared both sets of guidelines under contract to AHRQ.
Center for School, Youth and Citizen Preparedness The State of Wisconsin has developed school preparedness programs including Student Emergency Response Teams (SERT) which targets high school and middle school students. School Crisis Preparedness for teachers, school administrators and other citizen groups is also a focus. The program provides insight into how youth can be incorporated into preparedness activities and disaster/emergency response. A schedule of upcoming education/training sessions with on-line registration capabilities is included.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network This website includes a Checklist for Schools prepared in coordination with the U.S. Dept. of Education, to assist administrators and principals assess and address mental health issues and ensure the safety and well-being of students and school personnel before, during, and after an emergency.
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities This website contains a section on Disaster Preparedness for Schools with resources on retrofitting schools to withstand natural disasters and terrorism, developing emergency preparedness plans, and using school buildings to shelter community members during emergencies.