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14 Severe Weather Survival Tips
Satterly, S. (2012). Retrieval Location

This article is a refresher of current best practices for tornado sheltering for schools, as well as an explanation of why they have become best practices. The process to change protocals so changes are made in a thoughtful and logical manner are described.

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A biosecurity checklist for school foodservice programs: Developing a biosecurity management plan
United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (2003). (FNS-364)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), has prepared A Biosecurity Checklist for School Foodservice Programs: Developing a Biosecurity Management Plan. This booklet presents a wide array of guidelines and suggestions on how to: 1) form a school foodservice biosecurity management team; 2) use the checklist to prioritize measures to strengthen biosecurity inside and outside the primary foodservice area; and 3) create a school foodservice biosecurity management plan.

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A Gender Perspective on Educational Facilities
Lang, S. (2010).

This article explores the planning and design of educational facilities from a gender perspective, with a view to guiding future research and policy analysis.

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A guide to school vulnerability assessments
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools (2008). (ED-04-CO-0091)

This guide is intended to be a companion piece to Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities, originally published by the U.S. Department of Education in 2003 as a guide for schools and districts to prepare for a variety of crises. This new guide, published by the U.S. Department of Education in 2008, emphasizes a valuable part of emergency management planning-ongoing vulnerability assessment-and is intended to assist schools with the implementation of an effective vulnerability assessment process, to include choosing an appropriate vulnerability assessment tool. This guide is not intended to be prescriptive or to give step-by-step instructions for conducting assessments, rather it is intended to describe the key elements to be considered when selecting an assessment tool appropriate for school environments and provide guidance for conducting an assessment that will inform school emergency management activities.

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An Examination of the Conditions of School Facilities Attended by 10th Grade Students in 2002
Platy, M., & DeVoe, J.F. (National Center for Education Statisitcs) (2005).

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002) is a longitudinal study that follows the same individuals, a cohort of high school students, over time. The facilities instrument was administered as a part of the ELS:2002 and focused on the conditions of school facilities, including disrepair, cleanliness, safety, and security measures. The facilities instrument was administered in order to establish a baseline measurement of school conditions for students in the ELS:2002 sample. The intent was to use this baseline in the examination of student academic success and other long-term outcomes.

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Association Between Physical Environment of Secondary Schools and Student Problem Behavior: A National Study, 2000-2003
Kumar, R., O'Malley, & Lloyd, J. D. (2008). 40 (4) Retrieval Location

This article examines various aspects of school physical characteristics relating to problem behavior among students. The authors hypothesize that an attractive physcial environment will be associated with less truancy, cigarette, alcohol, and marijuana use.

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Best practices for radon measurement in Minnesota schools and commercial buildings
Minnesota Department of Health (2013).

This document is intended to assist school oficials and consultants to design and implement a radon testing program through: • Planning • Communication • Initial measurements • Follow-up measurements • Reduction verification • Future testing

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Beyond the School Walls: Community Events and their Impact on Schools
United States Department of Education (2007).

The United States Department of Education (USDOE) noted schools are an integral part of their communities; when a community experiences a major event or crisis, schools in that community are also affected. All-hazard emergency management plans should therefore be comprehensive, focusing on crises and hazards behind school walls as well as potential community events that could also impact the school community. Schools should think beyond their immediate buildings and grounds when creating emergency management plans and procedures framed within the context of the four phases of emergency management: Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery.

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Blueprint for Rebuilding
Kendler, P. B. (2005). 41 (12)

The article discusses the process of rebuilding damanaged schools after hurricanes swept through the Gulf Coast. The goal is to learn how to rebuild schools the right way, and readers are presented with a 'Lessons Learned' section.

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Building a disaster-resistant university
Federal Emergency Management Agency (2003). (EPA 402-F-03-012)

This document is both a how-to guide and a distillation of the experiences of six universities and colleges across the country that have been working over the past several years to become more disaster-resistant.

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