Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Presented at the 43rd annual meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NEERA), October 19, 2012, Rocky Hill, CT.


This study explored the perceptions of district and first responder leadership (N = 6) with respect to school crisis preparedness. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a stratified purposeful sampling of school, police, and fire/rescue personnel who were primarily responsible for the planning, training, and implementation of district safety policies. Overarching themes were: desire for coherence among procedures with guidance from the state level; and, ambiguity of roles and responsibilities in the event of a crisis. Participants believed the onus to foster inter-agency partnerships was the responsibility of either the state, or the partnering agencies. In addition, while the importance of school safety was seen as a priority, gaps in communication and collaboration were noted both within and among organizations.



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