Innovation in education

Helping schools prepare for and respond to terrorist attacks, experts' meeting, February 2002, Washington D.C.

 

On 13-14 February 2002, PEB, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. State Department hosted an international meeting to focus on helping schools plan for and respond to terrorist attacks. The purpose of the meeting was to gain a better understanding of how countries have dealt with the issue of possible terrorist attacks on schools and students; to look at the impact of such events; to explore lessons learned; to identify what works and what doesn't; and to develop an informal sharing group of international educators and others who work with security and crisis management issues. Education and law enforcement representatives from Canada, France, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States attended the meeting. The 14-page final report and the press release are available below. The report describes problems the countries face, presents current practices in addressing major crises and lists safety recommendations.