Information Resources for Schools

An Overview of the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans

Provides an overview of a federal guide for schools to assist with developing emergency operations plans (EOPs). Highlights key principles of emergency planning and EOP development. Describes the function of EOPs in preventing emergencies, managing school emergency response, and ways to facilitate recovery. Includes resources to support school emergency planning efforts.

Date: 06/2013
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans

Provides guidance to K-12 schools and school districts in developing and revising emergency operation plans (EOPs). Offers information to address the 5 mission areas of emergency preparedness: prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. Describes the basic principles of emergency management and the process of developing, implementing, and maintaining effective EOPs. Includes discussion on coordinating emergency response planning with local, state, and national authorities. Covers various emergency planning topics such as school climate, psychological first aid, information sharing, and active shooter situations.

Date: 06/2013
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
Opioid Crisis and Substance Misuse

Provides tools, publications, and other resources for schools to provide services, support, and interventions to address opioid and substance misuse for students and their families. Includes information on substance use and related trauma among students. Discusses implementing positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) to improve school climate and reduce substance use.

Sponsors: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
Preparing for Opioid-Related Emergencies for K-12 Schools and Institutions of Higher Education

Fact sheet detailing a 6-step planning process to help schools and institutions of higher education develop or update emergency operation plans (EOPs) to address potential threats and issues resulting from opioid misuse and abuse. Discusses the 5 mission areas of preparedness for opioid-related emergencies and the effects of the opioid crisis on school-aged children, young adults, and school safety. Includes links to additional resources and information to aid in the development of school EOPs, and programs and activities to address an opioid overdose.

Date: 11/2018
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Specialized Training Packages

Provides access to training materials to help school emergency managers train school faculty, staff, and students in emergency preparedness. Offers training on a range of specialized school emergency topics and on the process of developing high-quality emergency operation plans (EOPs). Builds knowledge and skills to help schools and school districts prevent, respond to, and recover from emergency situations. Packages include training instructions, presentations, tabletop exercises, supplemental materials, and resources.

Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
The Role of Districts in Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans: A Companion to the School Guide

Provides guidance to school districts in developing effective school emergency operations plans (EOPs). Describes a 6-step planning process and the specific roles and responsibilities for district-level administrators and staff in developing and implementing EOPs. Includes a task checklist to help districts track their progress through the planning process. Builds on the previous Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans or School Guide.

Date: 09/2019
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
SAMHSA School and Campus Health Programs

Offers information and resources on challenges faced by children and youth, such as those related to bullying, mental health, substance use, and violence. Highlights several Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) programs for educators and parents, including Project AWARE, Trauma-Informed Services in Schools (TISS), and the campaign "Talk. They Hear You."

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Teens Linked to Care (TLC)

Details a school-centered pilot project that examined implementing strategies to prevent youth substance use and risky sexual behaviors in high-risk rural communities in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Highlights efforts to address related issues of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), teen pregnancy, and high-risk substance use through education, primary prevention, and early detection screening. Program activities included implementing new health curricula, partnering with health departments and community drug-free coalitions, and developing and distributing informational products and video campaigns.

Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
TLC: Teens Linked to Care Toolkit

Serves as a planning resource for schools and stakeholders interested in implementing the Teens Linked to Care (TLC) program, an integrated prevention strategy to address both substance use and risky sexual behavior in youth living in rural communities. Outlines the 4 phases of the TLC program, and shares tools and other resources to help schools support sexual health and substance use education and policies.

Date: 03/2023
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Young Children Who Are Exposed Prenatally to Substances and Their Families

Provides information for state and local early intervention systems regarding the prevalence of infants and toddlers prenatally exposed to substances, and resources and supports needed to promote positive outcomes for these infants and their families. Shares links to key research, policy, guidance and state examples, and evidence-based practices for supporting young children exposed prenatally to substances and their families.

Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)