Crisis Prevention and Response Planning
Schools play a critical role in crisis prevention and intervention. When a critical incident occurs in a school, or in the school community, planning for the immediate aftermath is important and planning for emotional response and recovery helps children and youth return to their educational routine. Schools need crisis plans and teams that include prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.
Planning to Prevent and Respond to a Critical Incident
Visit DPI’s site on Preventing and Responding to Violent School Crisis for a brief checklist which school communities may use to determine their readiness to prevent and respond to violent school crises.
Technical Assistance for Prevention and Response Planning
The Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools Training and Technical Assistance Center or WISH Center provides direct or regional training for schools in planning for critical incidents. The WISH Center offers both PREPaRE I and PREPaRE II workshops.
- PREPaRE Workshop I: Crisis Prevention and Preparedness: Comprehensive School Safety Planning. This one day workshop provides a review of the crisis prevention and preparedness planning. Workshop 1 is appropriate for pupil services, administrators, security professionals, teachers, community-based first responders, and others wo will be involved in school safety, crisis prevention, and crisis preparedness efforts.
- PREPaRE Workshop 2: Crisis Intervention and Recovery: The Roles of School Mental Health Professionals. This two-day workshop reviews crisis intervention and recovery. Participants learn to prevent psychological trauma that can be avoided, learn to focus on helping to reaffirm physical safety for those affected, learn to evaluate the degree to which individuals have suffered psychological trauma, provide and respond to psychological needs, and evaluate the effectiveness of the crisis response and recovery efforts.
Contact the WISH Center to schedule a training for your school, or see when the next regional training is being offered.
For more information on Crisis Resources, see the Safe Schools: Crisis Response Resources page.