School / District administrators should first contact their local police and local health authorities if they have a concern regarding a possible bioterrorism threat to their schools/community. The following are additional resources to help schools/districts prepare for and prevent biological agent threats, and follow-up in the event a suspected or real event occurs.
The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA)
In light of current concerns related to bioterrorism, The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) has created two sample letters for schools/districts to use to keep parents informed. The letters are as follows:
As these incidents increase around the nation, NSPRA believes schools should be prepared to respond, just as they did to bomb threats following Columbine.
Administrators will probably need to adapt these letters to their specific school/district incidents or needs, but hopefully these samples will provide a quick and easy template in the event of an incident.
Schools/districts are encouraged to make sure all staff are familiar with Postal Service guidelines for suspicious mail (go to www.usps.com for detailed information). Schools/districts may also want to review your crisis plan responses for dealing with hazardous materials.
During these stressful times, it is important to communicate with parents and reassure them that our schools are still the safest places for their children to be. The NSPRA staff hopes these letters will help to do that.
Last Updated April 4, 2005