Effective crisis response is a team effort. In the Rockwood School District, several groups play lead roles in shaping the district's response to emergency situations. In the event of a crisis, these groups work with the school leaders at the site and with public safety officials to provide immediate and coordinated action.
Leading the immediate response to the incident is Dennis Griffith, assistant superintendent for administrative services. Griffith works with the school crisis teams, school resource officers, and district facilities, maintenance and transportation personnel to assist public safety officials as they secure the buildings, evacuate students and manage the situation.
Ensuring that students, staff members, parents, the media and the community have accurate and timely information during a crisis is the responsibility of the Department of Communications. Kim Cranston, Chief Communications Officer, in conjunction with emergency response teams, issues emergency information through a number of emergency message methods.
Providing care and support for students and staff members affected by a crisis is led by school counselors and social workers. Shonda Ambers-Phillips, counseling coordinator, and Dr. Kelvin McMillin, associate superintendent, and their staffs provide assistance for dealing with the aftermath of crises.