Emergency Preparedness & Support
Fire and Rescue Stafford County Public Schools take proactive measures to protect the safety of all our students and staff members. Stafford County Public Schools representatives are part of the Stafford County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services planning and management team – the groups that are planning our community’s response to potential threats. Our plan is made in concert with all other local emergency preparedness plans.
The school division and all Stafford County Public Schools facilities have safety and security plans. The plans have been designed with the help of school security, as well as local law enforcement, emergency management, and public health officials. Plans are regularly reviewed and updated. These plans include procedures to respond to critical incidents, such as fire and tornado. The school system practices these drills regularly.
Stafford County Public Schools works in close collaboration with local, state, and federal health, safety, and emergency personnel to develop and maintain plans for coping with a variety of emergency response situations. These plans involve efforts to protect all students while they are at school.
The actions taken during any type of emergency situation depend a great deal on the specifics of the incident. For example, one or more schools may evacuate, lock down, or initiate a shelter-in-place response, according to the nature of the threat. The main objective is the protection of the students and staff members. School administrators have a variety of tools to use and have received training on how to work with each. The ability to remain flexible is a key component of each school’s plan and of division wide preparations. Additionally, Stafford County Public Schools would follow direction from local, state and federal public safety officials.
If you have questions about your child’s school safety and support responses, please contact your school’s principal. Stafford County Public Schools continues to work to ensure our schools are a safe and secure environment for our students.
- Stafford County Public Schools broadcasts emergency messages, when necessary, using a number of media. General emergency messages and early/late school openings/closings can be found on the school division’s web home page at www.staffordschools.net. Emergency messages are transmitted to local media, and parents are encouraged to listen to the radio or television.
- Effective crisis response is a team effort. In Stafford County Public Schools, many offices play lead roles in shaping the organization’s response to critical incidents. In any such event, these offices work with each other, with the leaders at the site, and with public safety officials to provide immediate and coordinated action.
- Ensuring that students, staff members, parents, the media, and the community have accurate and timely information during a crisis is the responsibility of the Division Superintendent.
- Providing care and support for students and staff members affected by a crisis is led by crisis response teams staffed by psychologists, social workers and counselors.