part of the teamThe School Resource Officer
More than just another caring adult in your school.
One of the best things about my job is working with School Resource Officers (SRO). Most districts’ administration and Boards of Education understand the roles of the SRO:
In Ohio, schools with grades 6-12 are required to have Threat Assessment Teams. SROs will not be involved in all threat assessments, but they need to understand the process and know their roles and responsibilities when managing threats. A city administrator spoke about the use of the Incident Command System and how the SRO can have a role in writing Emergency Operation Plans, developing exercises to test the plans, and working in Unified Command during an event. One of my favorite sessions was on the recovery process for a school and a community after an event. I have seen too many schools focus on only the response to an event and very little on how we overcome the trauma to restore a school and community.
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