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After School Safety

Below you will find free trainings and sample templates to help develop emergency planning for after school activities.


The Resilient Children/Resilient Communities Initiative (RCRC) is funded by a grant from GSK and is led by the National Center for Disaster Preparedness in partnership with Save the Children. Launched in 2015, the three-year RCRC initiative has brought together local stakeholders in two pilot communities in New York and Arkansas to create emergency plans that meet the substantial needs of children in disasters. It has also established a national panel of experts to link the community work with preparedness priorities of communities throughout the United States. The RCRC Toolkit is a product of this partnership. Learn more about the RCRC Initiative by visiting the project homepage: https://ncdp.columbia.edu/rcrc.

The RCRC Toolkit provides Emergency Planning Template and Assessment Tool for After-School Programs.  This template is to assist a wide variety of after-school programs in developing an emergency or crisis management plan. If your program already has an emergency management plan, utilize this guide to assess the thoroughness and usability of your current plan.

To review and download this template please click here.

The REMS TA Center hosts a virtual library of tools developed by school and higher ed emergency managers in the field. The Tool Box contains resources pertinent to the needs of schools, school districts, state education agencies, regional education agencies, and institutions of higher education and their community partners, as they engage in the process of emergency management planning. These resources include sample drills, tabletops, or other exercises; job descriptions; memorandums of understanding with community partners; organizational charts; planning guidelines or sample policies; and components of school or higher ed emergency operations plans (EOPs), tools, and templates. Please note that the Tool Box is not intended to serve as a comprehensive compendium of ideas "approved" by the U.S. Department of Education or the REMS TA Center. To review the REMS TA toolbox please click here.

In the virtual toolbox the REMS TA center has a sample Sports Security Plan from the Mississippi High School Activities Association. 

 To review this document please click here.


Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) offers a free online course AWR375 Risk Management for After School Activities and Interscholastic Athletics.

Course Description

The goal of this course is to enhance the safety and security awareness of individuals responsible for organizing, supervising, and supporting after school activities and interscholastic athletics. This innovative training will provide an online platform for learning while improving the awareness level of security and resilience within school districts and communities hosting special events and interscholastic athletics.

To review the training opportunity and register please click here

National Federation of State High School Associations 

The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leader and advocate for high school athletics as well as fine and performing arts programs. Within our 51-member state associations (including Washington, D.C.), we serve 19,500 high schools and more than 12 million young people.

The NFHS learning center offers a free online training for Afterschool Security.

Course Description

Creating a safe school environment for afterschool activities is everyone's responsibility. Events and news stories across the country have helped to heighten concerns among educators and parents about school safety. This important course presents practical strategies for developing and implementing a school safety team and an afterschool activities supervision plan.

To review the training opportunity and register please click here.