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Crisis Response in K-12 Study Abroad: A Guide for Conducting Tabletop Exercises

Joe Vossen, JD, CPCU
July 2016

About This Resource

The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and United Educators (UE) recently conducted a survey to assess how independent schools are managing the risks posed by study abroad programs. The survey showed that only 52% of schools have a crisis management plan for each study abroad program.

Administrators overseeing global studies programs for independent schools agree that crisis response planning should occur before every trip. It is vital that all travelers and administrators understand their roles and what may be needed in the event of a crisis. UE created this tabletop exercise guide to facilitate emergency and crisis planning instruction for administrators, global studies directors, and trip leaders. We have included scenarios based on three of the most common independent school study abroad claims reported to UE.

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