Crisis Response Protocols
A safe learning environment for all students is the top priority of Farmington Public Schools. Assessment, planning, development of protocols, training and evaluation are key components in ensuring that a student’s education will not be disrupted by any safety concerns and that staff are properly trained to respond to any emergency situation.
Emergency and Crisis Response
When a traumatic event or crisis occurs within Farmington Public Schools, the District provides planned, specific intervention. The District does its utmost to be prepared to meet the needs of affected individuals during the time of crisis. Every staff person has the potential to perform a task or take a role in the management of crisis situations. The District has protocols to serve as the guide to the response roles of staff. Training and evaluation are an important part of the response process.
Procedures and Protocols
The District has thorough procedures in place for school emergencies, including individual student medical emergencies.
The District has a three-pronged crisis response team protocol.
- School Teams - Each school has a crisis response team
- District Teams - The District Crisis Team coordinates resources and responses to support school-level teams as necessary
- Emergency Responders - The District works closely with emergency responders
Emergency Response Resources
The District has a number of emergency response resources and materials in each school.
- Emergency Response Flip Charts
Every classroom and office has an emergency response guide, designed as an easy-to-use flip chart. These are posted on the wall of the room for quick reference. This flip chart gives step-by-step instructions for a wide variety of emergencies including medical, bomb threats, fire, weapons, unauthorized visitors, and severe weather. Parents are welcome to view the flip chart in the classrooms.
Every school in the district has at least one AED unit. Staff are trained in the proper use of the units. They are placed in strategic location(s) at the school.
- “To Go” Bags
Each elementary classroom has a bag that contains basic first aid equipment. Each office has a more comprehensive bag of first aid materials. They are placed in rooms for easy access during an emergency situation.
911 calls are made immediately upon the assessment of the emergency situation and it is determined that EMS units are required. Under all FPS procedures, the 911 call is the first action to be taken (if appropriate) after the initial assessment.
CPR and Emergency Response
School staff have basic knowledge of emergency response and P.E. teachers are trained in CPR. Parents are welcome to review the crisis response manual available at each school. The District takes emergency management and response very seriously. We know that we are responsible for students when they are at our schools. Training and drills are all part of the ongoing process for staff to be prepared for an emergency.
Local Law Enforcement Coordination
The District has a very close relationship with local and regional emergency management providers, including EMS, Fire, and Police. We jointly plan and participate in emergency response. Local law enforcement are members of the staff at our three comprehensive high schools and act as a liaison between the police and the school. They are part of the District’s crisis response teams and are always available to offer procedural advice and assistance. Law enforcement personnel also participate in the various drills held throughout the district.
Farmington Public Schools takes emergency readiness very seriously. The protocols that have been implemented are meant to prepare staff to assess the incident and respond to an emergency situation in a timely manner with the support of local emergency response personnel.