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School Safety Priority: What's New in 2023 | Five Things to Know | Key Dates & Deadlines | Key Resources

What's New in 2023

  • Submission of Emergency Response Plans (ERPs) will be in CORE DC 
    • All District Public PK-12 Schools should enter and submit ERPs to CORE DC. Public Charter PK-12, Non-Public, and Parochial Schools are encouraged to use CORE DC to store their ERPs.
    • The Emergency and Safety Alliance (ESA) Response Planning Application will be decommisioned. 
    • All school leaders must request user access to CORE DC.
      • CORE DC is the system of record for pre, during, and post-incident activities, making it easier to maintain situational awareness, access critical information, and make data-driven decisions. CORE DC is operated by the District of Columbia Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA)

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Five Things to Know

  1. Schools should enter and submit ERPs to the CORE DC ERP Module. No communication regarding the release of the CoreDC ERP module will be released before July 27.
  2. HSEMA, in coordination with OSSE, will provide schools and their governing Local Education Agencies (LEAs) with resources outlining how to enroll in CORE DC. This includes a website, a one-pager on how to set up accounts, and technical assistance during office hours.
  3. HSEMA is leveraging OSSE communications channels, including LEA Leader meetings, LEA data manager meetings, the start of school communications streams to promote the change, and technical requirements and resources.
  4. HSEMA will host drop-in office hours for school leaders to receive technical assistance entering and submitting ERPs to CORE DC. The office hours are optional.
  5. LEAs are encouraged to work with their information technology administrators to whitelist (i.e., approve the website URL on their network) the CORE DC URL. Google Chrome is the recommended browser for accessing the CORE DC.

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Key Dates and Deadlines

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Key Resources

  • CORE DC Single Sign-on Guide
  • Smart 911
  • Sign Up in AlertDC. The communications system lets you pick the type of emergency alerts, notifications, and updates from public safety officials. By staying informed, AlertDC is your personal connection to real-time updates and instructions to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your neighborhood.
  • Make a Referral. Protect DC provides community members with a safe and anonymous way to share concerns about their safety or the safety of others. 

For questions, please contact Joseph Hood at [email protected].

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