Burlington County School Crisis Response Team

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Board of Chosen Freeholders of Burlington County, New Jersey

Burlington County School Crisis Response Team

The Burlington County School Crisis Response Team is comprised of approximately 80 members. Team members from participating districts represent various disciplines, including school administrators, guidance counselors, school psychologists, social workers, teachers, school nurses, security experts, media relations professionals and other related areas.

Who We Are & What We Do
All members of the team are volunteers who have specialized training in school crisis response and are available to support districts in time of need.

When mobilized for a crisis in your district, teams act as a support system for your staff, students and community. The presence of the Crisis Response Team offers a greater pool of resources to enhance your response within the community.


How Can We Help?

In the event of a crisis, such as a student death, in your district, a single phone call will activate the team response. Members of the Burlington County School Crisis Response Team will arrive ready to provide support at your request. The Team Leader will meet with the designated administrator, who at all times maintains control of the crisis response. The Administrator and Team Leader will discuss the services available and decide which will be implemented to assist your school community through this difficult time.


These services may include :

  • Facilitating a faculty meeting before or after school
  • Preparing an announcement for teachers to share with students in the classroom
  • Establishing and staffing Safe Rooms
  • Assisting with security needs
  • Preparing communications via web postings, letters, etc.
  • Acting as media liaison
  • Arranging parent/community meeting
  • Supporting students and staff where they congregate (i.e. cafeteria, recess, faculty rooms, latch key programs)

Why Engage A County-Wide Team?

All public school districts have developed comprehensive emergency management plans, and most districts have both building-level and district rapid response teams to cover emergent situations. Such teams are essential, as your response in the first crucial moments of a crisis is most important. Consider, however, the vulnerability of your school if key personnel are called away from their normal positions to aid in the sustained stages of handling a crisis in your school.


Are those who best know the impacted students and staff unavailable to them in this time of need? Will the primary responders in your district be among those most profoundly impacted by this event? Burlington County's School Crisis Response Team offers the same level of support to all districts. In addition, it:

  • Keeps "walking wounded" from serving as caregivers
  • Provides a highly-skilled team
  • Offers benefits of increased experience
School Superintendent: To Activate A Team, Call Marie Phillips at 609-234-4879

How to contact us in the event of a crisis

For more information on the
Burlington County
School Crisis Response Team,

contact:

Educational Services Unit

Marie Phillips, Administrator
609-234-4879
mphillips@bcsssd.k12.nj.us

Burlington County

Special Services School District
20 Pioneer Boulevard
Westampton, NJ 08060 - 3824

The Educational Services Unit is the
collaborative effort of 42 Burlington County School Districts formed in 1997 to provide high quality shared services and opportunities to students and staff.

Events Calendar

Upcoming Team Training:
 
September 28, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
New Members and
Team Leaders Only
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Full Team
 
Presentations:  Jackie Bramble - High Focus Centers Jeff Gale - School Security
 
December 7, 2016
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Full Team Training
 
Training: Identifying Students in Crisis Requiring Behavior Analytic Treatment After Traumatic Events
Presenter: Brett DiNovi and Matt Linder
 
January 24, 2017
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Full Team Training
 
Training: Best Practices: Counseling Students in Crisis
Presenter: Dr. Joseph Buonadonna, Sr.
 
June 8, 2017
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Full Team Meeting - Annual Wrap-Up
 

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