Washington Framework for Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling

Responsive services include activities to meet students’ immediate needs and concerns. Responsive services involve a range of services from managing urgent crises (school safety, student death, school or natural disasters) to activities designed to prevent problems from occurring (consultation with staff or agencies; developing peer mediation programs; making referrals for vulnerable youth). School counselors need a range of skills to effectively handle the myriad of duties involved in responsive services. Skills may include:

  • Counseling individual students
  • Consulting with staff members
  • Providing information and key resources to families
  • Teaching prevention curricula at the classroom or school-wide level
  • Planning peer mediation programs
  • Creating a school-wide crisis plan

Crisis Planning Resources

Virginia school crisis management plans

Texas school crisis management plans

Washington State ESD 189 Crisis Response Plan

North Thurston School District, Lacey, WA Homeless Youth Shelter

Crisis Intervention Plan– Conway, Arkansas

School Safety Resources

OSPI School Safety Center Provides resources to schools and parents on a broad spectrum of safety related topics such as bullying, internet safety, substance abuse prevention, gangs, suicide prevention, discipline and truancy.

OSPI School Safety and Crisis Planning Center Each school in Washington is required by RCW 28A.320.125 to have a comprehensive safe school plan that addresses foreseeable emergencies and disasters. Although schools have been required to have emergency plans since 2002, Senate Bill 5097 required schools to develop updated plans meeting new standards by September 1, 2008. This same legislation also requires schools to conduct emergency drills, inventory hazardous materials, report annually on safety planning, and train principals in the incident command system.

Comprehensive safe school plans have four stages of the crisis planning cycle: prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. On this Web site, all four stages are explained and links to resources are included.

Public Health Resources

Washington Department of Health—Emergency Preparedness and Response This site offers key emergency phone numbers and covers a long list of emergencies from infectious diseases and floods to poisoned water and methamphetamine labs.

Healthy Youth Survey

Suicide Prevention Resources

Washington Dept of Health: Injury and Violence Prevention

Washington Dept of Health:  Suicide Fact Sheet

Youth Suicide Prevention Program