Crisis Response Plan

Park Hill takes steps every day to protect students and staff. Our crisis response plan includes strategies to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from a crisis in our schools.
 

Prevention:

The best way to address a crisis is to prevent it ever happening at all. The Park Hill School District has several programs designed to address issues before they become crisis situations.
  • Peer mediation programs to help students learn to resolve conflicts
  • Bullying prevention programs
  • Counselors, social workers and recovery room specialists
  • Uniformed police officers serving in our high schools and middle schools as school resource officers
  • Secure buildings with locked exterior doors, photo ID badges for employees and check-in procedures for visitors 

Preparation:

Park Hill's crisis planning process includes preparing students and staff for possible dangers.
  • Regular drills at the schools for hazards like fires, severe weather, earthquakes, evacations, intruders, bomb threats and environmental hazards
  • Regular updating of the crisis response plan
  • Regular training of the crisis response teams 

Response:

In order to make our crisis response plans as effective as possible, Park Hill worked with our first responders from every police, fire, ambulance, health and mental health department with a district school in its jurisdiction.
  • Extensive plans for evacuations, relocations, lock-downs and many other safety measures
  • Secure online access for crisis responders to plans, maps, site hazards and necessary information about students and staff 

Recovery:

After a crisis, the district will work to help students and staff recover from the experience and get back to a sense of normalcy. 
  • Work with district counselors, local mental health workers and local clergy to provide counseling to those affected
  • Return to the learning process as soon as possible

possible goals and Actions for future improvements:

To keep our crisis response plan up-to-date with the latest safety threats, we are working on a Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan with the Platte County Sheriff's Department and the Mid-America Regional Council.

Together, we identified possible actions for improving Park Hill's emergency preparation, which are aligned with a goal from our strategic plan (CSIP), "Ensure a safe, caring environment for students, staff and visitors." 
  • Purchase a portable, three-phase generator to supply electrical power in case of an emergency.
  • Purchase additional external cameras to further reduce property damage and identify potential threats to the school.
  • Purchase additional network storage to increase archived video storage.
  • Purchase software or devices to improve internal and external communication during a crisis.

If you have any questions or feedback about the district's crisis response plan or our possible goals for improvement, please contact Director of Student Services Dr. Josh Colvin at (816) 359-4036.