The New Jersey Department of Education takes proactive measures to protect the safety and security of all our students and staff members. Through the Department's Office of School Preparedness & Emergency Planning (OSPEP) the goal is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the school population by providing direct support to New Jersey's schools in establishing safe and secure school environments and increasing their capacity to respond in the event of crises.
The unit provides support to district and school leaders in assisting with the establishment and maintenance of a school safety and security plan that addresses all hazards and follows the phases of crisis management planning – mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. To achieve these goals, the staff of the OSPEP works in conjunction with the New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force, and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.
Through the OSPEP, the NJDOE is committed to providing information and assistance to both public and nonpublic schools on topics such as: site-specific vulnerability assessments, crisis response, contingency and continuity plans, target hardening, mitigation measures and communication protocols.
SAVE THE DATE - Tuesday, October 18, 2016!!! - During National Safe Schools Week we are excited to present an evening with Kristina Anderson. The Virginia Tech school shooting survivor delivers a powerful presentation of her survival experience after becoming one of the most critically injured survivors of the 2007 tragedy. Kristina provides education on active shooter preparedness, training on prevention of school violence, and consultation on post-crisis recovery. Two sessions are offered: a morning session and an evening session. All school personnel, leaders, administrators and community partners are welcome to attend either session. The evening session is open to the public of college age and above. Due to the nature of the presentation, parental discretion is advised. Please join us for one of these valuable presentations.