CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. – Citrus Schools Conducts Two-Day Reunification Training The Citrus County School District continues to make safety its top priority, which is why the district is hosting a two-day reunification training on Tuesday, June 7th, and Wednesday, June 8th.
One critical aspect of emergency response planning is the reunification of students with their guardians in the event of a school crisis or emergency.
When these events occur at a school, staff must ensure efficient and accurate parent/guardian reunification with their students.
The Standard Reunification Method (SRM) provides schools with proven methods to conduct a successful reunification. To help schools plan and practice, The “I Love U Guys” Foundation has developed the Standard Reunification Method – Reunification Exercise (SRM-REx).
The “I Love U Guys” Foundation is coming to Citrus County to work with our staff who have vital roles in reunification, ensuring a common understanding of the process, establishing the use of common language, and strengthening the relationships with our community partners.
The training includes focused classroom instruction, tabletop exercises, and functional demonstrations to provide the Citrus County School District with the tools necessary to plan and execute an effective and efficient reunification process for our students and parents.
“Although we hope to never have a situation occur that would necessitate the implementation of our reunification plan, we are committed to being well prepared to carry out the important function of emergency response,” says Superintendent Sam Himmel. “We recognize that anxiety and stress of our students and parents will be heightened during a crisis and want to reunite our students with their guardians as quickly and safely as possible.”
“Reunification is a labor-intensive, complex process and having enough trained personnel will be critical,” says Police Chief Dave Vincent. “The more significant the incident, the more complex the reunification will become. With this training, we are making sure staff understands and can see the whole picture of what can and will happen in a post emergency environment.”