In today's schools, the principal is responsible for planning for the unexpected, preparing for the unthinkable, and ensuring that all that can be done is done in case of emergency. Based on the author's 35 years in education, including 22 years as a building principal, this is a practical guide for principals interested in the creation, improvement, and implementation of emergency plans to prepare for critical incidents in their schools. Eighteen specific scenarios are covered in depth encompassing distinctive procedures, strategies, and techniques for planning and development of practical crisis plans. In addition to describing how to create critical incident plans involving emergency personnel and staff members, worksheets are provided related to drill exercises, role playing simulations, and procedural critiques. This hands-on workbook provides practical exercises for use with school staffs during meetings, inservice days, and throughout the school year.
Larry J. Stevens is building principal at Grandview Elementary School in Millcreek Township School District, Erie, Pennsylvania, as well as an adjunct faculty member of Graduate Studies in the School Administration Masters Program at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
1 Critical Incident Plan 2 Two Approaches to the Use of the CIP and Development Guide CIP flip chart 3 Planning and Development of the Critical Incident Plan 4 Critical Incident Drills and Simulations 5 Conclusion