Officers write crisis response plans for each Summit school building
SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County Sheriff’s Office school resource officers Rebecca Johnson and Michael Sineni have developed a crisis response plan (CRP) for each of Summit County’s schools.The CRP outlines what to do in emergencies, including guidelines for evacuations, weapons or bomb threats, kidnappings or missing students, strangers on campus, hazardous materials, fire, medical, electrical problems and severe weather emergencies. Each CRP will contain fire drill procedures for that particular school, and an evacuation map for each classroom.The two resource officers culled information after researching emergency plans and guidelines from other school districts in Colorado and their own training in school safety and emergency and crisis response-related issues.They also took the plan to teachers and parents, county emergency manager Sgt. Jonathan Comyn, undersheriff Derek Woodman and school superintendent Millie Hamner to get comment.”Ten out of 10 times the teacher or parent chose our CRP over the others we showed them from other school districts,” Sineni said. “They liked the content, the layout; they told us it was much easier to read.”In a crisis situation, people lose fine motor skills and the ability to read and understand directions becomes diminished,” he said. “People need clear, concise directions, presented in a user-friendly manner.””This Crisis Response Plan is more comprehensive and functional than our previous plan,” Hamner said. “SRO’s Johnson and Sineni have developed this plan to be easy to use – even for a substitute teacher who is less familiar with our buildings and procedures. This CRP is more detailed and relevant to the needs of our schools, in our type of community.”The CRP is already getting recognition from other school districts and law enforcement agencies, both in and out of state, Johnson said.By the end of October, a CRP will hang in every classroom of every school in the district. At the same time, Johnson and Sineni will be training all district staff on the use of each plan. School district administration, Summit Stage supervisors, police departments, medical and fire departments, the 911 dispatch center will also receive copies and training of the plans.”Deputies Johnson and Sineni have spent an unbelievable amount of time researching and developing this plan, and it has paid off,” said Sheriff John Minor. “This Crisis Response Plan is well organized, thorough and sound.”He commended Hamner for realizing the importance of crisis and emergency preparedness.Johnson and Sineni believe if an emergency of any scale occurs at any one of the schools.”We all will have a role to play should something happen, and we know what we will need to do,” Johnson said. “We will all work together as a team to provide the safest learning environment for the students and staff in our schools, every step of the way.”
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