I agree to Idea Online Training for Schools (free to districts)
Voting Disabled
I disagree to Idea Online Training for Schools (free to districts)

Rank361

Idea#1217

This idea is active.
Taking Action: Creating Model Emergency Management Plans for Schools, Institutions of Higher Education and Houses of Worship »

Online Training for Schools (free to districts)

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has developed an online employee training program to accompany the substantial all-hazards emergency plan already in place at each of our schools. Called the Safety Training for Emergency Preparedness at Schools (STEPS) program, the courses allow us to offer consistent training in the practices and procedures embodied in our school safety plans and district policies.

LAUSD is currently developing a plan to make all of the course videos available to other school districts at no cost. We expect to have this offering in place within the next 30-60 days. Please visit the STEPS website http://steps.lausd.net/partnerships for more information on courses and our partnership plan with other districts.

The STEPS program is a series of 40 short, video courses funded by a REMS grant awarded to LAUSD. Each course offers practical advice about a single emergency topic, such as lockdowns, threat assessment, search and rescue, classroom hazards, the Incident Command System (ICS), and personal emergency preparedness. Emergency management is always discussed using ICS principles. Each course encourages employees to seek further training via federal programs such as CERT training and FEMA online courses.

We monitor employee progress, and include a pre- and post-assessment and a certificate of completion in every course.The STEPS program has been quite successful; courses are very highly rated by participants. Participation in STEPS is voluntary, and almost 8,000 employees have participated since the program began.

Submitted by 1 year ago

Comments (1)

  1. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has developed an online employee training program to accompany the substantial all-hazards emergency plan already in place at each of our schools? The STEPS program is a series of 40 short, video courses funded by a REMS grant awarded to LAUSD? LAUSD? STEP? Pardon me! Isn't NRF, NIMS, COOP supposed to be all about Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery? Aren't the priorities still 1) Life Saving, 2) Incident Stabilization, 3) Property Preservation? Could there be a disconnect between these fundamental items and LAUSD as an organization and their administrators and certified personnel? What is 'MIRAMONTE' all about? Why was there a mass reassignment of personnel? What are the financial settlements all about? Hasn't this activity occurred previously at other LAUSD schools? Is the public mistaken to either assume or conclude that LAUSD has its own police department and those officers hold the same authority as any other law enforcement officer in the State of California? Is it just out of confusion that it appears that other law enforcement agencies are performing the investigations, and arrests of criminal activity on LAUSD campuses ? Should the fox guard the hen house or the criminal inmate be sent to school be trained as a prison guard?

    Each course encourages employees to seek further training via federal programs such as CERT training and FEMA online courses?

    While this is true, it was undoubtedly made clear that the level of training, certification, and qualification required is determined by the individual’s position and/or potential position within the ICS structure not the administrative structure. Unique ICS position title and organizational structures are used. There is no correlation with the administrative structure of any other agency or jurisdiction. This organization’s uniqueness helps to avoid confusion over different position titles and organizational structures. Rank may change. Someone who serves as a chief every day may not hold that title when deployed under an ICS structure. ICS positions depend o n a combination of training and experience. The categories for each level of training have been simplified from those that were in the Five-Year NIMS Training Plan. Training recommendations are now based upon the level of an incident’s complexity (Complexity Guide found on pages 16-17 of the NIMS Training Program) that a person may become involved in, from Type 1 to Type 5. Organizations should consider the complexity of incidents that their jurisdictions are most likely to face and tailor the NIMS training for their personnel to meet those needs. Yes, your organization will also have to adhere to any additional NIMS requirements that are passed down through local governing bodies. Some jurisdictions and organizations may take the initiative to train their personnel beyond the scope of the current training recommendations.

    We monitor employee progress, and include a pre- and post-assessment and a certificate of completion in every course? Could this be monitored in the same fashion as they monitor, supervise, and manage these employees’ regular conduct and duties? The STEPS program has been quite successful; courses are very highly rated by participants. Participation in STEPS is voluntary, and almost 8,000 employees have participated since the program began (at LAUSD)? How many certified employees out of the 8,000 already have pink-slips in their hands, will have pink-slips in their hands, or already have been laid-off or terminated? What objective can those accomplish if they aren’t going to be at LAUSD for the implementation of these emergency management programs? If STEP is so successful at LAUSD, in regard to Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery, then what is 'MIRAMONTE', why was there a mass reassignment of personnel, what are the financial settlements all about? Shouldn’t the public and the FEMA grant reviewers be interested in seeing the updated LAUSD Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment, Training and Exercise Plan Workshop (T&EPW) documentation, and Multi-Year Training and Exercise Plan? Shouldn’t anyone even question LAUSD’s organizational compliance to all local, federal, and state laws and regulations to the items of Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery as it relates to the life and safety of students and employees much less those requirements as they pertain to eligibility for government grants, contracts, and benefits?

    1 year ago

Vote Activity Show