Category: Task Force

The task force report was drafted by the School Safety Preparedness Task Force established by Governor Christopher T. Sununu in March of 2018. The Task Force was charged with the consultation of subject matter experts and members of the public to find areas of agreement regarding steps that move the State forward in improving the safety of New Hampshire’s students while maintaining and improving the core purpose of educational institutions. This section provides updates on the 59 recommendations from the 2018 Task Force Report.

Recommendation 30

Recommendation 30: Increase warm zone EMS training for first responders, including fire, EMS, and law enforcement to enhance the ability of all responding entities to work together, ensuring a seamless and safe response.

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Recommendation 31

Recommendation 31: Where resources allow, each school should have a school resource officer that does not perform other non-school related duties and for which a suitable replacement is available when the school resource officer is unavailable or required to be out of the school.

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Recommendation 32

Recommendation 32: Develop and implement specialized training for school resource officers in addition to their law enforcement training. Training should focus on unique school issues and its population demographic as well as response to active shooter events.

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Recommendation 33

Recommendation 33: Establish a study group to examine the feasibility and/or implementation of a School Marshal Program.

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Recommendation 34

Recommendation 34: Each school should exercise its emergency operations plan on a regular basis to ensure staff and students have a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities. Changes and adaptations to the plan should be made as gaps and weaknesses are identified.

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Recommendation 35

Recommendation 35: Each school should exercise its active shooter functional annex on a regular basis to ensure staff and students have a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities. Changes and adaptations to the plan should be made as gaps and weaknesses are identified.

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Recommendation 36

Recommendation 36: School resource officers should exercise their roles in the school’s active shooter functional annex on a regular basis to ensure they have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities during an event. If used, school marshals should also conduct these exercises. Changes and adaptations to the plan should be made as gaps …

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Recommendation 37

Recommendation 37: Increase communication capabilities and the interoperability of communication systems to convey information during an emergency to first responders both inside and outside the school. This includes cell phone coverage boosters, radio repeaters, and radio frequency standardization.

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Recommendation 38

Recommendation 38: Ensure all phones are clearly labeled with 9-1-1, or 9-1-1 preceded by the appropriate prefix to dial out to ensure that anyone will be able to reach E911 quickly and efficiently.

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Recommendation 39

Recommendation 39: Grant school staff members explicit authority to contact 9-1-1 directly to ensure that E911 is contacted with speed and efficiency.

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