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School Preparedness and Emergency Planning

School Preparedness & Emergency Planning

The New Jersey Department of Education takes proactive measures to protect the safety and security of all our students and staff members. Through the Department's Office of School Preparedness & Emergency Planning (OSPEP) the goal is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the school population by providing direct support to New Jersey's schools in establishing safe and secure school environments and increasing their capacity to respond in the event of crises.

The unit provides support to district and school leaders in assisting with the establishment and maintenance of a school safety and security plan that addresses all hazards and follows the phases of crisis management planning – mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. To achieve these goals, the staff of the OSPEP works in conjunction with the New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force, and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.

Through the OSPEP, the NJDOE is committed to providing information and assistance to both public and nonpublic schools on topics such as: site-specific vulnerability assessments, crisis response, contingency and continuity plans, target hardening, mitigation measures and communication protocols.


  • Planning for Safer Schools for a Better Tomorrow Regional Trainings
    The New Jersey Department of Education's Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning (OSPEP) will conduct six regional training sessions to enhance school districts' emergency operations planning efforts. The trainings are based upon the United States Department of Education's federally recommended Developing Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) K-12 101 Training. The session will illustrate how federal guidance is implemented at the state level –  specifically how New Jersey's School Safety and Security Plans – Minimum Requirements develop into comprehensive, high-quality EOPs. Participants will leave the training with action steps to improve their district's plan, as well as best practices to train and exercise their district's School Safety and Security Plan.
  • The New Jersey School Security Task Force Report and Recommendations