Friday , 19 January 2018
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The North Carolina Emergency Management, working in concert with the NC Center for Safer Schools and the Department of Public Instruction, has initiated a statewide initiative to provide valuable data, tools and applications to assist school officials, first responders, and emergency managers in preparing for and responding to natural hazards and threats to all K-12 public schools.  The end product will include:

  • Establishment of a secure, web-based, Digital School Risk Management Planning Tool;
  • Establishment of a secure, School Emergency Response Application and;
  • Statewide acquisition of pertinent facility data from each school site.

Newton-Conover City Schools Administrators are working with Catawba County Emergency Management staff, law enforcement, as well as NCDPS and AECOM to (1) orient principals on the initiative, process and applications and (2) facilitate and provide hands-on support as we begin completing our site specific risk management plan.  

The Schools Emergency Response Application (SERA) is a web-based application designed to assist emergency responders and public safety officials as they efficiently respond to hazards and threats at school facilities.  We look forward to sharing our new plans with all NCCS staff members.

About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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