Effective crisis response is a team effort. In Fairfax County Public Schools, three offices play lead roles in shaping the organization's response to critical incidents. In any such event, these offices work with each other, with the leaders at the site, and with public safety officials to provide immediate and coordinated action.
Leading the immediate and long-term response to the incident itself is the Department of Facilities and Transportation Services' Office of Safety and Security (OSS). Sound planning and preparation is key.
Ensuring that students, staff members, parents, the media, and the community have accurate and timely information during a crisis is the responsibility of the Department of Communications and Community Outreach.
Providing care and support for students and staff members affected by a crisis is led by crisis response teams staffed by school psychologists, social workers, and counselors.
December 14, 2012