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ERIC Number: ED551168
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 106
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2677-5259-8
Perceptions of Crisis Management in a K-12 School District
Tucker, Joy
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Missouri Baptist University
This multiple-case qualitative study was conducted to examine the perceptions of community members, students, and staff regarding school crisis management following a 2006 tornado and 2010 bus accident in a small rural school district in Missouri. Online surveys were collected from 66 participants, and 10 follow-up interviews were completed with students and community members. Analysis of the data resulted in the development of five themes for improvements in the event of future emergencies: (a) prepare for more complete and effective communication during and following an emergency; (b) provide for additional safety training in general; (c) account for every child prior to releasing students to anyone; (d) avoid use of back two rows on any buses; and (e) allow students to be able to use cell phones. Conclusions of the study included the following: Nearly 100% of the respondents felt a high degree of confidence in the district; however, they did have recommendations on ways to improve the district's response to emergencies. Recommendations included developing a parent advisory team to assist with communication during crises; providing parent advisory team training for emergency preparation; providing further training for students in several areas of concern; using the parent advisory team to assist with accounting for every child during and following emergencies; ensuring that every building has a backup paper copy of demographic information on all children; eliminating the use of the two back seats on school buses; and re-examining the school district policy on cell phone use. Recommendations for future research include researching the lessons the Joplin School District learned after its massive tornado of May, 2011; investigating other school districts that have instituted a parent advisory team to assist with emergencies; and developing an updated safety guide with greater detail than the current safety guide. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri