Site assessments help school and school district personnel examine the safety, security, accessibility, and emergency preparedness of buildings and grounds; collect critical information that can inform the development and revision of emergency operations plans (EOPs); and support ongoing assessment programs. The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS) and the REMS TA Center are pleased to provide a NEW, downloadable training module for K-12 school safety teams, leaders, and trainers at public and nonpublic schools, school districts, regional/state education agencies, and partner agencies to use on the topic of Conducting K-12 Site Assessments With SITE ASSESS. This module and its materials are intended for you to use to deliver in-person or online trainings to your colleagues and/or site and to support your training programs.

The goal of this 60-minute training module is to help K-12 schools and school districts develop a greater understanding of site assessments; introduce SITE ASSESS, a free site assessment tool, and offer technical assistance in using the mobile application, or app; and support site assessment teams with their kickoff meetings. Learn about site assessments, the mobile app, and key concepts, such as Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design and Universal Design; explore the features of SITE ASSESS; and practice using the app to support your preparedness efforts. Participants are encouraged to download and install SITE ASSESS prior to attending the training. This module consists of the following materials:

  • Training presentation materials, including speaker notes, for school safety teams and practitioners to use to deliver trainings to the whole school community or learn on their own.
  • Training instructions to help you deliver this module to your colleagues.
  • Resource list for additional information and resources related to the topic.

SITE ASSESS Mobile App
The REMS TA Center created a free, secure mobile app, SITE ASSESS, to support K-12 education agencies in conducting site assessments of their buildings and grounds. The app contains customizable questions about a range of hazards and threats, allowing users to account for state and local requirements. Among other features, users can capture and store images, generate a tailored to-do list to organize facility improvements, and export data in a variety of formats to support collaboration with community partners. Download SITE ASSESS for free from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Specialized Training Package
Assemble this new module in a binder with a cover page and table of contents, along with additional modules to complement your training program. The REMS TA Center offers a suite of other modules covering a variety of special topics in emergency management. You can download all available training modules from the REMS TA Center’s Specialized Training Package webpage.

Supplemental Exercise and Training Packages
To supplement the Specialized Training Package, the REMS TA Center has developed additional packages that may also be used to strengthen EOPs, identify gaps and weaknesses, or bolster youth preparedness and engagement. These packages vary in their contents and are accessible from their website.