Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Breaking: New GAO Report Finds Most States Don't Require Disability Needs in Emergency Plans #emergency
The Government Accountability Office issued a report on Monday concerning the plans that schools prepare in the event of an emergency situation, such as a weather disaster or a school shooting. In 2013, the federal departments of Education, Homeland Security, Justice, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Health and Human Services prepared a Guide For Developing High Quality Emergency Operations. You can review the Guide here. The GAO study found that better inter-agency cooperation is needed in implementing the Guide.
One finding by the GAO was that only twenty-one states require districts to account for the needs of students and staff with disabilities in developing these emergency plans. Fewer than half the states have this requirement. This would seem to be a significant omission.