Course Syllabus

Title: Integrating Cyber-Bullying Prevention within a Comprehensive All-Hazards School Crisis Plan Credits: 3 graduate credits or register for non-credit Instructors: Winton Goodrich, Associate Director - Vermont School Boards Association and Steve Earley,
Chair, Vermont School Crisis Team

Meeting Dates and Times: July 5th through July 9th, 12:40 to 6:40 PM and a project presentation date
(TBA) during the first week of August

Location: UVM Lafayette L102 and a field experience at a (TBA) school on July 8th Course Description:
This practical, activity-based course will provide information and resources necessary to enable school administrators, facility managers, and emergency service providers to prevent, prepare for, and respond effectively to all types of community emergencies and school crises. Secret Service analysis of student shooters in U.S. schools will set the stage for the importance of implementing bullying prevention policies and protocols, integral for comprehensive school crisis prevention. Use of incident command and communications systems provides the foundation and strategies for creating a school public safety committee.

Goals:
1. Learn about the roles of school administrators and emergency responders during school and community emergencies. 2. Understand the incident command system (NIMMS) and the importance of chain of command decision making for effective communications and response during a crisis situation. 3. Provide school leaders and emergency responders with a structure and resources to establish a school public safety committee. 4. Assist school administrators to update school emergency response plans and apply best practice crisis planning strategies. 5. Support administrators in creating a safe school climate where students, staff, and parents can feel comfortable that school and community leaders have planned for and are prepared to handle all-hazards emergencies. 6. Acquire strategies and systems that principals can use to promote trust building between students and staff, essential in preventing school shootings and related domestic crises. 7. Participate in school and community tabletop simulation exercises and an active school shooter drill. 8. Complete a course project that builds capacity for safe schools planning and response.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Become familiar with and update the School Crisis Guide, a copy of which can be downloaded from the Vermont Department of Education website at: http://education.vermont.gov/new/pdfdoc/resources/model_crisis_guide_08_rev.pdf 2. Based on Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) protocols, school administrators and emergency responders will:  acquire additional strategies for preventing and mitigating school and community emergencies;

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identify key school and community volunteers who will be invited to serve on the local School Public Safety Committee; practice emergency response, relocation, and recovery drills; acquire a deeper understanding about the importance of providing follow-up support and post-disaster counseling to crisis victims; learn about and practice the incident command decision making and communication system;

3. Learn more about the role of a School Resource Officer. 4. Become familiar with state laws associated with bomb threats, weapons, and school evacuation drills. 5. Gain additional experience to implement school policies, municipal ordinances, and best practices related to emergencies and crises. 6. Acquire additional information and resources produced by the Vermont and Federal Emergency Management Administration, U.S. Department of Education, and Homeland Security, essential to maintain safe schools and communities.

General Course Information
Course Policies/Expectations:
1. Complete a 3 hour online incident command systems (ICS) course, print out certificate of completion, and bring verification of ICS course completion to the first class. Online course web address: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/IS100SCA.asp 2. Complete assigned readings, either in advance of the course or prior to each daily class activity. 3. Participate in daily class discussions and table top exercises. 4. Observe active shooter drill demonstrated by the Vermont State Police. 5. Complete and present a final course project.

Attendance Expectations:
Attend the week-long course and, by the end of July, meet with local school and community leaders to update your local School Crisis Guide. Present a completed course project at a follow-up day (TBA) during the first week of August.

Religious Observance:
The official policy for excused absences for religious holidays: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Students should submit in writing to their instructors on July 5th their documented religious holiday schedule for the course. Faculty must permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work.

Contributions in Class:
Participation in daily class activities, tabletop simulations, observe the active shooter drill, and present a followup class project.

Academic Honesty & Professionalism:
All students are required to be familiar with and adhere to the “Academic Honesty Policy Procedures” delineated in the most recent edition of “The Cat’s Tale”. (http://www.uvm.edu/~dosa/handbook/). UVM School Crisis Course Page 2

Accommodations:
Accommodations will be provided to eligible students with disabilities. Please obtain an accommodation letter from the ACCESS office and see one of the instructors early in the course to discuss what accommodations will be necessary. If you are unfamiliar with ACCESS, visit their website at http://www.uvm.edu/access to learn more about the services they provide. ACESS: A-170 Living Learning Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. PH: 802-656-7753, TTY: call 711 (relay), Fax: 802-656-0739, Email: access@uvm.edu, Instant Messenger: UVMaccess. General office hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Call to make an appointment.

Required Electronic Reading List and Dates:
1. (Prior to July 5th class) Complete a 3 hour online incident command systems (ICS) course, print out certificate of completion, and bring verification of ICS course completion to the first class. Course web address: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/IS100SCA.asp 2. (Prior to July 5th class) Review the Vermont School Crisis Guide, a copy which can be either obtained from your local school or viewed online from the Vermont Department of Education website (paper copies will be provided during the first class): http://education.vermont.gov/new/pdfdoc/resources/model_crisis_guide_08_rev.pdf 3. (Prior to July 6th Class) Review the "Bullying" document found on the Vermont School Boards Association website at: http://www.vtvsba.org/handout.html (then click on the "Bullying" PDF or Ppt. file) 4. (Prior to July 7th Class) Review the "School Safety and Security of School Facilities" policy on the Vermont School Boards Association website at: http://www.vtvsba.org/policy/e6.pdf 5. (Prior to July 7th Class) Review the "School Crisis Prevention and Response" policy on the Vermont School Boards Association website at: http://www.vtvsba.org/policy/e7.pdf 6. (Prior to July 8th Class) Review the "Are Vermont Schools Prepared to Face a Crisis?" PowerPoint file found in the Blackboard.com link at (following course registration, you will receive directions to access course materials on the Blackboard.com web site: https://bb.uvm.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_tab_group_id=_2_1&url=/webapps/blackboard/ex ecute/launcher%3Ftype%3DCourse%26id%3D_34658_1%26url%3D 7. (Prior to July 8th Class) Review the following web site for information about school shootings and crises: http://iloveyouguys.org/ 8. (Prior to July 9th Class) Review five files found in Blackboard.com link at (following course registration, you will receive directions to access course materials on the Blackboard.com web site: https://bb.uvm.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_tab_group_id=_2_1&url=/webapps/blackboard/ex ecute/launcher%3Ftype%3DCourse%26id%3D_34658_1%26url%3D

Electronic Submissions/Internet Use:
(Prior to July 5th Class) Complete a 3 hour online incident command systems (ICS) course, print out certificate of completion, and bring verification of ICS course completion to the first class. Course web address: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/IS100SCA.asp

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Student Evaluation/Assessment
Grading Rubric:
100 Pts

A

B

C

D

No Credit

25 10

Attend all six course days (25) Bring online incident command course completion certificate to first class (10) Frequent and informative participation in class discussion (9-10)

Attend all six course days (25) Bring online incident command course completion certificate to second class (9) Participates often in class discussion and cites good examples (8-9)

Attend five course days (20) Bring online incident command course completion certificate to third class (8) Adequate participation in class discussion (7-8)

Attend four days (15)

course

Bring online incident command course completion certificate to fourth class (7) Limited participation in class discussion (6-7)

Attend three course days (non-credit) Didn't complete online incident command course (no pts.) Didn't participate in class discussion (no pts.) Didn't participate in table top simulation but was in class (5 pts.) Did not observe active shooter drill (no pts.) Did not complete assigned readings (no pts.) Did not meet with any emergency responders or school administrators between class 5 and class 6 or did not complete a final project (no pts.) No Credit No Credit

10

10

Play an active role in table top simulation, debrief and presents options and ideas that adds value to the activity (9-10) Observe the active shooter drill and debrief (10)

Participate in table top simulation and contributes to debrief (8-9)

Adequate participation in table top simulation (7-8)

Limited contribution to table top simulation (6-7)

10

Observe the active shooter drill and debrief (10) Complete most assigned readings prior to class (1314)

Observe the active shooter drill and debrief (10) Complete most assigned readings (1213)

Observe the active shooter drill and debrief (10) Completed assigned (11-12) a few readings

15

Complete all assigned readings prior to each class (14-15)

20

Report meeting with emergency responders and school administrators between class 5 and class 6 and present two or more first-time/updated sections of the School Crisis Plan (18-20)

Report meeting with emergency responders and school administrators between class 5 and class 6 and present one firsttime/updated sections of the School Crisis Plan (1718)

Report meeting with emergency responders and school administrators between class 5 and class 6 and communicate how you discussed/presented the School Crisis Plan (1617)

Report meeting with emergency responders and school administrators between class 5 and class 6 but did not present a class project (15-16)

100
+20

100-94

93-87

86-79 Completed additional assignment TBD

78-72 Completed additional assignment TBD

Description of Class Assignments:
(Prior to July 5th Class) Complete a 3 hour online incident command systems (ICS) course, print out certificate of completion, and bring verification of ICS course completion to the first class. Online course web address: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/IS100SCA.asp

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Develop/expand the local School Crisis Plan based on a real or anticipated incident using course materials, resources, and strategies. (See Instructional Sequence below for additional daily assignments.)

Instructional Sequence:
July 5th - Intro to Emergency Management (Additional advance reading will be made available on the Blackboard.com web site following course registration) 12:00 Overview of course Crisis prevention theories and general strategies Utilizing the School Crisis Guide (paper copies will be available in class) 1:00 Review state, national, and international school emergencies - Leo Nadeau, Essex Police Chief 2:00 Debrief advance reading Review Incident Command System from online ICS course 3:00 Secret Service profiling student shooters - Keith Sanders, U.S. Secret Service Agent (invited) 4:00 Culture of education, "It can't happen here," - creating a sense of urgency in your community 5:00 Connection between bullying/harassment on school crises - Mark Moody, Montpelier School Resource Officer 5:45 Debrief July 6th - Incident Management - Winooski HS (Additional advance reading will be made available on the Blackboard.com web site following course registration) 12:00 Debrief over-night reading and reflections from prior day activities 1:00 Multi-hazard emergencies - Peter Coffey, Deputy Director, VT Emergency Management 2:30 211 overview - Mary Ellen Mendel, 211 Call Director 3:00 School emergency communications systems - Suzanne Hendy Newman, AlertNow Consultant 3:30 Cyber-bullying and social networking harassment - Tracey Tsugawa, Civil Rights Investigator, VT Human Rights Commission 5:30 VT School Safety Checklist - needs assessment Policy and procedures - Discipline, Internet, Cell phone, Crisis Response 5:45 Debrief July 7th - Case Studies and Exercises (Additional advance reading will be made available on the Blackboard.com web site following course registration) 12:00 Debrief over-night table top reading and reflections from prior day activities 12:30 Crisis Responses – Clear the Hall, Secure the Building, Evacuate, Relocation, 1:00 Table top exercises - Tim Boutin, Addison Regional Planning Commission Director (invited) 3:00 Sexting and cyber-bullying - Fred Lane, Cyber-bullying and Social Networking Expert 3:45 Crises and school emergencies - Jim Leene, FBI Agent and Dept. of Justice (invited) 4:45 Lucretia Johnson - UVM Associate Dean for Student Affairs (invited) 5:45 Debrief July 8th - Live Shooter Drill (School Site TBA) (Additional advance reading will be made available on the Blackboard.com web site following course registration) 12:00 Debrief over-night reading and reflections from prior day activities 1:00 Live Shooter Drill - Capt. Rob Evans, Vermont State Police 3:00 Overview of Essex Town School Shooting - Leo Nadeau, Essex Police Chief 4:00 Crises recovery - Mary Moulton, Grief Counselor (invited) 5:00 Putting the pieces back together - Barb Smith, Essex Town School Counselor (invited) 5:45 Debrief

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July 9th – Conclusions and Lessons Learned (Additional advance reading will be made available on the Blackboard.com web site following course registration) 12:00 Debrief over-night reading and reflections from prior day activities 1:00 Organizing the School Public Safety Committee & Community Emergency Response Teams - Leo Nadeau, Essex Police Chief 2:30 Preparing for pandemics - Barbara Farr, Vermont Emergency Management Director (invited) 3:15 Role of the School Resource Officer (SRO) - Mark Moody, Montpelier School District SRO 4:15 Role of Regional Planning and Local Emergency Planning Commissions - Tim Boutin, Addison Regional Planning Director (invited) 5:00 Decide date and provide overview of August course project expectations 5:45 Debrief August (Date TBA) - Course Project Examples for the course project (select one during the course and inform the instructor about your choice) a. Meet with a school administrator and conduct School Preparedness Assessment process b. Complete beginning planning stages for creating a School Crisis Team c. Help organize an internal School Crisis Team d. Help organize an external School/Community Public Safety Team e. Select one incident from the School Crisis Guide and complete planning an exercise with the School Crisis Team f. Work with school principal and/or emergency responder(s) to customize 2 School Crisis Guide incidents g. Develop and post in all classrooms the 4 emergency response command placards h. Facilitate a table top exercise with members of the School Crisis Team i. Other (requires consultation with an instructor)

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