The Decorah Community School District’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated on Monday March 16, 2020 and continues to operate through these challenging times surrounding COVID-19. The EOC was activated in order to make decisions and plans on the next steps to assist our students, staff, and families.
What is the Emergency Operations Center (EOC)?
An emergency operations center (EOC) is a physical (e.g., a conference room) or virtual (e.g., telephone conference call) location designed to support emergency response, business continuity and crisis communications activities. Staff meets at the EOC to manage preparations for an impending event or manage the response to an ongoing incident. By gathering the decision makers together and supplying them with the most current information, better decisions can be made. A primary EOC should be established at the main business facility and a secondary EOC should be available at another company facility, a temporary facility (such as a hotel) or through a teleconference bridge established to bring staff together virtually. The EOC supports the following incident management functions.
Activation – Bring knowledge and expertise together to deal with events that threaten the business Situational Analysis – Gather information to determine what is happening and to identify potential impacts Incident Briefing – Efficiently share information among team members Incident Action Plan – Provide a single point for decision-making and decide on a course of action for the current situation Resource Management – Provide a single point of contact to identify, procure and allocate resources Incident Management – Monitor actions, capture event data and adjust strategies as needed
Who is a part of the EOC? Currently, the DCSD COVID-19 Emergency Response (CER) team is operating the EOC. The CER team currently consists of representatives from the following groups:
Superintendent, Administration, and all Cabinet members (executive leadership)
Operations (maintenance and custodial teams)
Student Services (this department includes nursing staff)
Business and Finance
We continue to focus on three priorities during this time and want to share the latest information we have right now on each of them.
We are feeding hundreds of children each day at our three (3) meal site pick up locations. Any school age child (family) may go to the location you signed up for. Once at the site, families who signed up will be able to pick up free breakfast and lunch kits for five (5) days which are packaged together. Please help us maintain social distancing by taking food home and not staying at the meal site.
On Fridays, meal sites will be attended from 12:00 – 2:00, or until all meal kits are picked up. If for some reason your family is not able to get to our meal pickup sites, please contact us at (563) 382-5904.
Educational resources and support Please know we continue to focus on providing educational resource opportunities for our students. We are planning the next steps and will provide an update to our school community as soon as we can.
What’s next for district staff?
The CER team is actively working to make plans and decisions surrounding the next steps for staff. We know these are uncertain times and we appreciate the patience our staff members have shown us.
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