Emergency Response Tabletop Workshop

emerg_response_content.jpgOn July 11th, members of CPS Administrative Response Teams and representatives of the Cambridge Police Department attended a morning workshop focused on emergency response tabletop training exercises. The first scenario involved the intentional release of toxic chemicals by a distraught high school student at CRLS. The second involved a food born illness that struck multiple members of an elementary school but was ultimately traced to a non-school related event. During each scenario, teams were given new or updated information, to make it more realistic as they planned their response.

This was the final training funded by the federal emergency procedures planning grant. The grant ends August 31st. As a result of the grant, the district has:

  • updated Emergency Administrative Procedures;
  • updated Emergency Classroom Procedures;
  • added a link on the CPS website for staff, parents, and students on school safety and emergency procedures;
  • and installed emergency “go kits” in every classroom and office.

emerg_response_content.pngAdditionally, all school based Administrative Response Team members have been trained in the new procedures. All faculty and staff throughout the district have been trained in lock down drills and other protective actions schools can take in an emergency.

A survey of staff and students indicates awareness of emergency procedures has greatly increased throughout the district over the last two years.

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