This Week in School and Campus Safety

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This Weekly Update by the Illinois School and Campus Safety Program links to updated COVID-19 guidance for K-12 schools from the CDC, promotes upcoming sessions of the railroad safety class, and provides information on an upcoming webinar through the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse.

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Laura Black
Program Coordinator
Illinois School and Campus Safety Program
CDC Updates COVID-19 School Guidance

The CDC updated its guidance for schools and child care programs on July 9th. The specific page on Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools provides key takeaways, a summary of the changes, and information on health equity, vaccinations, mask use, distancing, testing, and much, much more.

Upcoming Sessions of Railroad Safety for First Responders, Educators, and School Bus Drivers

The Illinois School and Campus Safety Program is please to announce two sessions of the class "Railroad Safety for First Responders, Educators, and School Bus Drivers" will be held via Zoom in August, one on August 10th and one on August 27th from 9am-12pm. The Railroad Safety class covers the challenges that frontline responders and school staff are faced with when responding to an incident on or near railroad property. This 3-hour class will prepare all involved (bus drivers, school administrators, law enforcement, first responders, etc.) and will provide responding individuals the correct tools to safely navigate the unfamiliar environment of the railroad. Attendees will gain access to the safest ways to respond to railroad incidents. For more information, click the date below that you are interested in.

Webinar on Youth Preparedness and Community Resilience

The Federal School Safety Clearinghouse is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, July 28 at 2:00 PM CDT on increasing youth preparedness and building resilience in K-12 school communities. According to the registration site, "leaders from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will discuss programs, tools, and resources aimed at empowering youth to learn the hazards that affect their community; understand how to stay safe in an emergency; practice critical emergency response skills; and lead preparedness-building activities in their communities. The webinar will also cover the ‘whole community’ approach to emergency preparedness, as well as ways K-12 school communities can build capacity and capabilities to prepare for the range of disasters and emergencies they may face." For more information, visit the registration page at:
Illinois School and Campus Safety Program