I had the opportunity to do a training session for the planning team for a large school system crisis planning team today. They were an excellent group to work with and they were very open to new ideas and strategies for plan structure.
They are eager to work diligently to dramatically upgrade the plans that had been developed in the district previously but were concerned that the planning approach we outlined for them would take a lot of time to complete as it is much more robust than what they currently have in place.
One of the things we discussed was the need to take the time to develop really good plans rather than to rush to complete plans rapidly at the expense of quality. This is a common challenge for school crisis planning. We would prefer a plan development timeline of 6 to 18 months (depending on what work needs to be done) to a shorter timeline that often does not allow for proper school crisis plan development.
It is always a pleasure to work with people who are dedicated and want to develop really high quality school safety plans.