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School Safety: The Vital Role of Medical Emergency Response Teams (On Demand)

1 credit


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Best practices in school safety planning have been developed over the years to address school violence. These efforts have included various specialty areas of law enforcement and emergency response. COVID-19 has created a need to develop safety planning related to a health emergency. School nurses are uniquely positioned to identify the correlation between these two efforts and leverage the existing emergency response planning process to address the response needs related to COVID-19.

During this training, participants will learn how schools can prepare for and respond to public health crises, strategies for responding to medical emergencies in a distance-learning environment, and ways leaders should begin preparing for post-COVID schools. 


Superintendents, principals, teachers, and school nurses

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the intersections between school safety and public health emergency preparedness and response
  • Recognize the importance of having a Medical Emergency Response Team and Plan in the distance learning environment
  • Identify practical considerations for adapting school safety practices in alignment with COVID-19 public health practices
  • Recognize the role of the School Nurse in school safety efforts


Evilia Jankowski, MSA, BSN, RN, State School Nurse Consultant, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Department of Education

Continuing Education Credit

This webinar is offered for an NCSS certificate of completion.

Planning Committee

Evilia Jankowski, MSA, BSN, RN; Phoebe Kulik, MPH, CHES; Brad Bender, MSW; Emily Torres, MPH


This project was supported by Cooperative Agreement No. 2019-YS-BX-K001 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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