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TO:            Superintendents of Schools

FROM:        Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:         November 13, 2006

SUBJECT:    Emergency Management Planning: Live Web Cast, November 15, 2006

The Department is providing information relative to a live video web cast on emergency management planning in schools.  In the wake of recent school shootings and the subsequent White House Conference on School Safety, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) will present a one-hour web cast to provide parents, educators, school administrators and local safety personnel with an opportunity to review their emergency management plans. The Department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools will share successful strategies so that all who share the responsibility of protecting our children can learn more about how schools can help mitigate, prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from a crisis. Join the broadcast to learn how to take positive steps to prevent school violence and respond quickly and effectively if an incident does occur. The web cast will offer many opportunities for viewers to ask questions via email and get answers from the presenters.   Details and registration information are provided below.

U.S. Department of Education to Hold School Safety Web Cast

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is planning to hold a one-hour web cast next Wednesday, November 15, 2006 on school safety. Presented by ED’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, the meeting is intended to provide parents, educators, school administrators, and local safety personnel the opportunity to review issues related to emergency management planning in schools. Successful strategies will be shared on what schools can do to help prevent, respond to, and recover from crisis. Registration is required to participate; instructions and more information are available at the following address:

Please contact Ed Antz, at 624-6886, or e-mail him, at, with questions or concerns.   Thank you and I encourage you to take advantage of this resource.