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  • Wednesday, June 26, 2013 8:05 AM | Anonymous member

    Webinars on Guides for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans
    Raymond Hall - June 20, 2013 08:23

    Dear Colleagues, On Thursday, June 27th and again on Friday, June 28th, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students and its Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center will host 90-minute webinars that provide an overview of two recently released guides: · Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans; and · Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education. In January 2013, the President put forward his “Now is the Time” plan to reduce gun violence. One of the executive actions put forth in his plan was the development of these new guides that have been developed by the Departments of Education; Justice, led by the FBI; Homeland Security, led by FEMA; and Health and Human Services. These new guides will help schools and institutions of higher education develop and implement high-quality emergency operations plans (EOPs), and describe the principles and processes that will help ensure planning efforts are aligned with the emergency planning practices at the national, state, and local levels. These webinars will be done in collaboration with all of the Federal agencies that worked together to develop the guides, and will provide an overview of: · the key principles for developing a comprehensive EOP for a school or IHE; · the planning process for developing, implementing and refining an EOP for a school or IHE; · the form, function, and content of a school or IHE EOP plan; and · topics that support emergency operations planning including, but not limited to, information sharing, school climate, active shooter situations, and psychological first aid for schools. In order to accommodate as many interested parties as possible, there will a 90-minute school guide webinar and a separate 90-minute IHE guide webinar on June 27th and these two webinars will be repeated on June 28th. In addition, both webinars will be archived for those unable to participate on the 27th or 28th . The webinars will include a 60-minute presentation on a guide and a 30-minute question and answer session, along with information on how to access more information and resources. The webinars are first come, first serve; we strongly encourage you to pre-register! Registration can be accessed at: Webinar dates and times are as follows: Thursday, June 27th, 2013 • 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET (90 minutes) An Overview of the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans. • 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET (90 minutes).An Overview of the Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education. Friday, June 28th, 2013 • 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. ET (90 minutes) An Overview of the Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education. • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET (90 minutes) An Overview of the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans. We hope you can join us! If you are unable to do so, these webinars will be archived on the REMS TA Center website ( ) for you to access at your convenience. Please share this email with anyone who may be interested in participating in these webinars. Thank you. Sincerely, The REMS TA Center Team REMS Technical Assistance Center 1-855-781-7367 (REMS) 8757 Georgia Avenue Suite 1440 Silver Spring, MD 20910 

  • Tuesday, June 25, 2013 6:47 AM | Anonymous member

    EPA 2013 School IPM Request for Proposals: The School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Grants will support projects that promote the adoption of verifiable IPM practices in the nation's K-12 public and tribal schools. EPA strongly encourages projects that use consortia, partnerships, and other collaborative means in conducting the project.

    Funding: maximum funding level of $250,000 per project

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants include the 50 States, District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, any agency or instrumentality of a State including State universities, and all Federally recognized Native American Tribes. Local governments, private universities, private nonprofit entities, private businesses, and individuals are not eligible. For-profit organizations are not eligible.

    The Agency is accepting proposals through July 29, 2013.

    The EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting proposals for new School IPM assistance agreements for projects that further the implementation of verifiable IPM in and around the nation’s public and tribal schools. The total amount available will be $700,000, and the Agency anticipates funding approximately three projects, primarily as cooperative agreements, with a maximum funding level of $250,000 per project.

    Assistance under this competition is available to the 50 states, District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, any agency or instrumentality of a state including state universities, and all federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Applications must be submitted on or before July 29, 2013.

    The cooperative agreements will provide financial assistance to eligible applicants for projects that (1) implement verifiable IPM programs to identify and reduce the risks associated with pests and pesticide use in and around kindergarten to 12th grade public and tribal schools and (2) measure and document the impacts of verifiable public and/or tribal school IPM programs on the environment and human health. The project period of performance is limited to 2 years.

    Integrated Pest Management is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of easy-to-implement, common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property and the environment. IPM takes advantage of all appropriate pest management options including, but not limited to, the judicious use of pesticides.

    For more information regarding the School IPM Grants and the Request for Proposals, visit:

  • Tuesday, June 04, 2013 10:32 AM | Anonymous member

    After the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook, we wanted to support the victims and to do our part to help all the schools across the U.S. deal with this tragedy. That’s why we’re offering our Managing the Aftermath of Tragedy courses free of charge to any school administrator or staff member. These courses include:

    • Key strategies on how to respond to tragedies.
    • Information on typical childhood reactions to crises.
    • Ways to provide care and comfort to students and staff members.


    The courses are written by our expert-authors, Drs. Scott and Donna Poland. Dr. Scott Poland is Associate Professor at the Center for Psychological Studies at Nova Southeastern University. He is the author of a number of books on youth suicide and school crisis response including Coping with Crisis and is a renowned consultant to schools and districts nationwide. Dr. Donna Poland has served as a school administrator for 19 years including service as principal of three different secondary schools. She is currently Director of University Middle School in Davie, Florida.


    To access these free courses:

    1. Visit
    2. Click on the ‘Register’ link in the blue Login box.
    3. Type in ‘CARES’ as the Registration key.

    Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with the Newtown community as they work to heal and move forward. May they find peace and comfort.

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013 8:26 AM | Anonymous member

    Rich Prill with Washington State University Extension Energy Program is a nationally recognized expert for school indoor air quality. Rich has conducted hundreds of educational indoor air quality walkthrough assessments in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho School Districts. He currently has grant funding left to conduct three days of education and skills training walkthroughs at Oregon Schools next fall. He typically can conduct walkthroughs of two to three buildings in a day. The hope is to fill up these three remaining days to help ensure funding to do more of these in years to come. These walk-through assessments are non-threatening and non-regulatory. If this is something that you would like to have done at your District you can contact Rich via phone at 509-413-8996, or email at You can visit the WSU Energy Program website and view and/or download archived copies of the Indoor Air Quality Newsletter for NW Schools. These newsletters will give you a good idea of the educational approach Rich can provide for your schools.

  • Friday, May 03, 2013 12:34 PM | Anonymous member

    School Safety Matters

    School Safety Matters is a monthly newsletter produced by the Beaverton School District’s Risk Management Department to be used as a resource for school safety committees.   Some information in the newsletter is BSD specific, but the majority of the focus is on general school safety best practices.   To view the May edition of School Safety MattersClick Here. For previous editions visit  under Topical Resources.

    Summer Workshop

    Mark your calendars for the 35th annual OSSSOA Summer Workshop July 23rd at the Riverhouse in Bend Oregon.  The theme of this year’s workshop is Can You Afford.. and the focus is on strategies to avoid losses that districts cannot afford.  We will address athletic field and play surface safety,  School Safety and Security, and Safety Within Special Ed. To register and to view the full agenda workshop, Click Here.

    Do you have a question you can't find an answer for?

    Let OSSOA help you. If you send your question to OSSOA at, we can send it out to 250 + other school official members that may be able to help.
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:04 PM | Anonymous member
    Please Join Us for a Free Webinar
    SafeSchools is pleased to present Chris Dorn, an international expert on school terrorism, weapon concealment and detection, and emergency preparedness in this free one-hour webinar, Tuesday April 30th from 10:00 am - noon.  For more information and to register for this webinar, 
    Click Here.
  • Tuesday, April 09, 2013 4:34 PM | Anonymous member
    We have added a Playground Maintenance Guide with valuable information on maintaining safe playgrounds in our schools.  This guide was provided to us by Recreations brand Group of Oregon, a proud sponsor of OSSOA.  For other valuable information on playground safety, visit the topical resources section of our website.
  • Wednesday, April 03, 2013 12:42 PM | Anonymous member
    School Safety Matters is a monthly newsletter produced by the Beaverton School District’s Risk Management Department to be used as a resource for school safety committees.  In the April issue we  focus on safety challenges unique to spring and ODE regulations prohibiting the use of 12-15 person vans when transporting students.   To view the April edition of School Safety MattersClick Here.  Previous editions are available under Newsletters in the topical resources section.
  • Monday, March 04, 2013 12:25 PM | Anonymous member
    School Safety Matters is a monthly newsletter produced by the Beaverton School District Risk Management Department to be used as a resource for school safety committees. Click Here for the March edition of School Safety Matters. Previous editions are available under Newsletters in the topical resources section.
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:50 PM | Anonymous member


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