October 2003 Show Resources—Keeping Your Child Safe at Home and in School: Crisis Planning and Emergency Response
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The Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools (OSDFS)

OSDFS is the office in the U.S. Department of Education responsible for developing policy and administering grants related to school health, violence and drug prevention.

Emergency Planning

This web site is a one-stop shop that provides school leaders with information they need to plan for any emergency, including natural disasters, violent incidents and terrorist acts.

Emergency Response and Crisis Management Program

This press release announces the awarding of $38 million in grants to help local education agencies prepare, respond and recover from crises.

OSDFS National Conference

This conference will provide prevention and education leaders with a valuable opportunity to explore key issues that schools currently face, such as crisis response and contingency planning, evidence-based decision making, science-based programming, health maintenance, and other topics that impact safer schools.

Project SERV

This program offers short-term and long-term assistance to school districts to recover from a violent or traumatic event in which the learning environment has been disrupted.

Springfield School District

Springfield, Oregon is located at the southern end of the Willamette Valley. On May 21, 1998, one of its high schools was the scene of a tragic school shooting.

Tragedy Response: Lessons Learned in Springfield

This article, written by the Crisis Response Team Leader for Springfield School District, details the lessons learned as the school district developed and implemented a crisis response.

Montgomery County Public Schools

Montgomery County Public Schools, located in Maryland just outside of Washington, DC, was one of 139 school districts around the country to receive a grant from The Emergency Response and Crisis Management Program. The Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools has cited its Emergency Response plan as an example of Promising Practices in School Emergency Response.

Montgomery County Videos—online viewing and ordering

Montgomery County Public Schools, a district directly affected by 9/11 and the sniper shootings of 2002, developed these step-by-step procedures to help administrators and other personnel prevent injury and loss of life.

Fairfax County Public Schools

Fairfax County Public School, located in Virginia just outside of Washington, DC, was one of 139 school districts around the country to receive a grant from The Emergency Response and Crisis Management Program. The Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools has cited its Emergency Response plan as an example of Promising Practices in School Emergency Response.

The School District of Palm Beach County

The School Police Department focuses on prevention first and direct action second. It has implemented many prevention programs that provide a safe educational environment.

Denver Public Schools

Denver Public Schools serves the residents of the City and County of Denver, Colorado. It is one of 139 school districts around the country to receive a grant from The Emergency Response and Crisis Management Program.

Bomb Threat Response: An Interactive Planning Tool for Schools (ED & ATF)

The Bomb Threat CD-ROM is an interactive planning tool for schools that includes a staff training presentation and implementation resources.

The 3 R's to Dealing with Trauma in Schools: Readiness, Response and Recovery

This satellite broadcast explored issues related to trauma, its impact on children, and implications for schools and school personnel. It may viewed on-line or on videotape.

Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities

The Guide is intended to give schools, districts, and communities the critical concepts and components of good crisis planning, stimulate thinking about the crisis preparedness process, and provide examples of promising practices. Hard copies are available from ED Pubs.

The Final Report and Findings of the Safe School Initiative: Implications for the Prevention of School Attacks in the United States

A joint publication of the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education, this is the final report of the Safe School Initiative, an extensive examination of 37 incidents of targeted school shootings and school attacks that have occurred in the United States beginning with the earliest identified incident in 1974 through June 2000. Hard copies are available from ED Pubs.


Ready.gov is a common sense framework designed to launch a process of learning about citizen preparedness. One of the primary mandates of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is to educate the public, on a continuing basis, about how to be prepared in case of a national emergency—including a possible terrorist attack.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA is an independent agency of the federal government, reporting to the President. Its mission is to reduce loss of life and property and protect our nation's critical infrastructure from all types of hazards through a comprehensive, risk-based, emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.


No Child Left Behind

No Child Left Behind—Especially for Parents Page

On this site the U.S. Department of Education offers information about public school choice, supplemental services, testing and accountability, as well as parenting tips on reading and homework.

The Education Innovator Newsletter

The Education Innovator Newsletter is a weekly electronic newsletter published by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement. Each week it includes a Featured Innovation and important news from The U.S. Department of Education and around the country.

How is My School District Doing

To obtain information on the performance of your school district, follow the link highlighted above, select your state, choose the "State Contacts" link, and select "How is My School District Doing". This will link you to school district performance data from your State Department of Education

Parents' Guide to Supplemental Services

This guide for parents explains what is meant by supplemental services under No Child Left Behind, who is eligible, how to obtain quality services, and how to get more information.

No Child Left Behind: A Parents Guide

This is the essential guide for parents, and provides answers to questions about No Child Left Behind and what the law means for parents, in an accessible and easy to understand format.

Toolkit For Faith-Based and Community Organizations To Provide Extra Academic Help

The Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives has developed a user friendly Toolkit for organizations interested in applying to become supplemental service providers.



Bill Modzeleski

Bill Modzeleski is Associate Deputy Undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. In his position, Mr. Modzeleski is involved in the design and development of drug, alcohol and violence prevention programs, and activities that affect school health-related issues. He also assisted in the design of the Safe Schools Act of 1994. Prior to his current position, Mr. Modzeleski served as Executive Director of the National Commission on Drug-Free Schools and has 25 years of experience at the local and Federal levels in criminal and juvenile justice.

Cathy Paine

Cathy Paine is a Special Programs Administrator and a School Psychologist for the Springfield School District in Springfield, Oregon. She was instrumental in the formation of the Springfield School District Crisis Response Team in 1991and served as one of the Springfield team leaders who directed the response following the school shooting at Thurston High in May 1998. She has responded to a wide variety of crises in Oregon and has provided consultative support to school districts nationally.

Yvonne Atteberry

Yvonne Atteberry is a mother of two children and works part time as a Title I Educational Assistant within the Springfield School District in Springfield, Oregon. Yvonne's son Ryan was one of the students injured by the school shooting that occurred at Thurston High School in May 1998. She has been extensively involved in supporting the long-term recovery of the school and community and is an advocate for crisis management issues.

Edward Clarke

Ed Clarke is the Director of the Department of School Safety and Security for Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, Maryland. In his capacity, Ed has overseen the development of a systemwide emergency response plan delineating specific roles and responsibilities for key positions to help schools plan, manage and recover from any type of emergency or crisis situation. The U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Homeland Security has recognized MCPS for having a model emergency response plan.

Fred Ellis

Fred Ellis is the Director of the Office of Safety and Security for Fairfax County Public Schools in Fairfax, Virginia. In conjunction with local law enforcement, emergency management, and public health officials, Fred is responsible for development and implementation of FCPS comprehensive crisis management plan. Beyond his work with FCPS, Fred has provided consultative services to systems across the country.

James Kelly

James Kelly is the Chief of District Police and an administrator in the Safe Schools Center serving the School District of Palm Beach County in West Palm Beach, Florida. In his role as chief of district police, Jim, in conjunction with the School Board of Palm Beach County, has supervisory responsibility over many prevention programs that provide a safe educational environment. Jim recently served on an expert panel advising the Department of Education on model crisis management and emergency response activities and techniques.

Cathy Roper

Cathy Roper is a mother of three children, two of whom are enrolled in Denver Public Schools. Cathy was recently selected as the co-team leader of the Denver Public Schools No Child Left Behind parent involvement work group. In this capacity, Cathy has spearheaded efforts to develop outreach strategies to inform parents of their rights and responsibilities under the law and help DPS meet the parent involvement requirements in the law. Cathy will help DPS involve and inform parents about the recently awarded Emergency Response and Crisis Management grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Officer Ralph Penn

Officer Ralph Penn is an Educational Facilities Officer (EFO) for the Montgomery County Department of Police in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The EFO program, a partnership between the Montgomery County Department of Police and the Montgomery County Schools, assigns uniformed police officers to clusters of elementary, middle, and high schools—along with private schools in each cluster area—to enhance emergency preparedness, foster positive relationships among members of the school community, and enhance lines of communication between the school system and public safety agencies.


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