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Emergency Planning and School Safety

Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning For School Systems and Schools

One of Maryland's goals for public education is to create and maintain school environments that are safe, drug-free and conducive to learning. In order to achieve this goal, it is essential that local school systems and schools take measures to ensure they are prepared to respond to a variety of emergency situations. Schools are an integral part of the community they serve and, therefore, are not isolated from the issues that affect their communities and our nation. The NO Child Left Behind Act of 2001, requires that all local school systems receiving federal funding under Title IV, Part A, Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities provide an assurance that they have a crisis management plan in place to respond to crisis and emergency situations on school grounds. In addition, the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) requires local school systems to have an emergency response plan for all schools and central office buildings that includes man-made, technological, or natural disasters.  For additional information on COMAR 13A.02.02.01-.04, which directs the Maryland State Department of Education's Emergency Guidelines for Local School Systems click here.

In Focus

MSDE Emergency Planning Guidelines

MSDE guidelines for local school systems and schools on developing new plans and reviewing and updating existing school emergency plans.
MSDE Emergency Planning Guidelines

The Maryland State Department of Education is pleased to announce the release of an updated school emergency planning guide.  MSDE staff developed the guide with the assistance of local school systems, Maryland State Police, Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, Maryland School Psychologist Association, Maryland Emergency Management Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, and the Maryland Association of Boards of Education. 

List of outside contributors:

Bob Benedetto
Chief of Security
Harford County Public Schools
Tom Levering
Director, Emergency Preparedness Planning
Maryland Department of the Environment
Michael Blow
Director of Security Services
Prince George's County Public Schools
Ron Miller
Safety, Environment, and
Risk Management Specialist
Howard County Public Schools
Cliff Cornwell
Coordinator of School Security
Security Department
Frederick County Public Schools
Ed Parker
Governor's Office for Crime Control and Prevention
Greg Cullison
Critical Infrastructure Protection
Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center
Maryland State Police
John Reginaldi
Regional Liaison Officer
State Emergency Operations Center
Maryland Emergency Management Agency
Marshall Goodwin
Director of School Police
School Police Force
Baltimore County Public
Andrew Turner
Coordinator of Safe Schools
Wicomico County Public Schools
Bill Grayson
Intelligence Specialist
Emergency Response
Bowie City of Bowie Public Safety
Alice Watson
Director of Health and Safety
Baltimore City Public Schools
Mary Lasky
Program Manager, Business Continuity Planning
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Contact Information

Dr. Michael L. Ford, School Safety Specialist
Student Services & Strategic Planning Branch

Maryland State Department of Education

200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  410-767-0031
Fax:  410-333-8148
Email:  Michael.ford1@maryland.gov
 Emergency Plans
MSDE Emergency Planning Guidelines
USDE Emergency Guidelines: Guide For Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plan
Practical Information on Emergency Planning from the USDE
Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning
 Local Contacts
Local Emergency Planning Coordinators, September 2015
Maryland Public Schools Emergency Planning
Process for Reviewing State Guidelines, COMAR, and Local School System Emergency Plans
Proposed Maryland Center for School Safety
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