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 Tabletop Exercises (TTX)

​Are We Ready?

An important part of preparing for emergencies is validating the effectiveness of emergency plans. 

Schools are required to conduct drills throughout the school year. It is better to talk it through-before you walk it through. 

Tabletops are one type of discussion-based exercise. They are an important tool in preparing for emergencies. Tabletops allow team members to discuss their roles and responses before an emergency. Tabletops do not need to be all-day discussions. Rather, focused tabletops can often be completed in a few minutes and help reinforce participants' understanding of emergency plans.

The discussion of a simulated emergency will require staff to draw upon their knowledge of the school's emergency plan and emergency procedures. The school year gets busy, but it is crucial that muscle memory is built to ensure that your staff is able to approach difficult situations with well-informed responses.


Process diagram showing how the TTX is performed as listed in text above. Stage 4 Act Stage 3 Analyze


Step 1 is to PREPARE. Each week we encourage you to: 

  • visit our website and download a MCSS tabletop exercise; 

  • review the scenario and questions, add additional scenario details or questions (as necessary); and

  • identify pertinent staff to include in your discussion.

NOTE: It may be helpful to include first responders or central office staff in some discussions.  

Step 2 is to EXERCISE. Give you and your staff enough time to discuss these scenarios. We suggest 10-15 minutes. 

Step 3 is to ANALYZE.  A critical step in exercising is to spend time after the discussion identifying successes and areas for improvement. You may discover that your staff needs a little more training on the emergency plan, or they might be right where they need to be. 

Step 4 is to ACT. If your staff needs more understanding of procedures, continue to work through tabletops until they have a full grasp of the emergency plan. If need be, reach out to MCSS for suggestions and support.

New tabletops will be released monthly in the form of PDF’s. The topics will vary, but they will all revolve around real-life safety concerns that arise in schools. ​​Suggestions and input are always welcome.

CONTACT

Brittani (Brit) Ayers brittani.ayers@maryland.gov​

​School Prevention and Intervention Specialist (MCSS)

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Focus of the Month

Focus for Feburary is "Cyberbullying"

Some of the recommended exercises for the topic are:

TTX 18: Cyberbullying​​

TTX 19: Stairs​​


Resources


Printable Flyer that explains the TTX process:
Download Here
Printable Exercise Self-Evaluation Form to note down results:
Download Here
Feedback / Suggestions to MCSS:
Online Form​
Powerpoint Slides to explain/present the TTX process:
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Download Graphic Elements:
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MCSS TTX 01 - Rumors, Rumors Everywhere

 


Read/Download MCSS TTX 01 - Rumors, Rumors Everywhere​ 

Expected Excercise Time: 10-15 min

Expected Participants: Principal, Administrator, S​RO, SSD

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MCSS TTX 02 - Tik Tok Challenge

 

Read/Download MCSS TTX 02 - Tik Tok Challenge Scenario 

Expected Excercise Time: 10-15 min

Expected Participants: Principal, Administrator, SRO, SSD​​​


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MCSS TTX 03 - Bus Crash

 

Read/Download MCSS TTX 03 - School Bus Crash Scenario

Expected Excercise Time: 10-15 min

Expected Participants: Principal, Administrator, SSD, Transportation Manager, School Bus Driver, EMS, PIO


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MCSS TTX 04 - Under the Friday Night Lights

 

Read/Download MCSS TTX 04 - ​Under the Friday Night Light - After School Game Day Scenario 

Expected Excercise Time: 10-15 min

Expected Participants: Principal, Administrator, SSD, Coach, EMS​​


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MCSS TTX 05 - Bomb Threat

 

Read/Download MCSS TTX 05 - Bomb Threat 

Expected Excercise Time: 10-15 min

Expected Participants – Principal, Administrative Staff, Teachers, Extracurricular Volunteers, SROs​​

MCSS TTX 06 - Protest Civil Unrest

 

Read/Download MCSS TTX 06 - Civil Protest Unrest 

Expected Excercise Time: 10-15 min

Expected Participants – Principal, Administrative Staff, Teachers, SROs​


MCSS TTX 07 - Drop Off

 

Read/Download MCSS TTX 07 -​ Drop Off 

Expected Excercise Time: 10-15 min

Expected Participants – Principal, Administrative Staff, Transportation Staff


MCSS TTX 08 - Incoming Tip

 

Read/Download MCSS TTX 08 - Incoming Tip 

Expected Excercise Time: 10-15 min

Expected Participants – Principal, Administrative Staff, SROs​

MCSS TTX 09 - Winter Treat

 

Read/Download MCSS TTX 09 - Winter Treat 

Expected Excercise Time: 10-15 min

Expected Participants – Principal, Teachers, Nurse​​​






MCSS TTX 10 - Tragedy

 

Read/Download MCSS TTX 10 - Tr​agedy 

Expected Excercise Time: 10-15 min

Expected Participants – Principal, Teachers, Support Staff, Guidance Counselors, Social Workers​


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MCSS TTX 11 - Shelter In Place

 

Read/Download MCSS ​TTX 11 - Shelter In Place 

Expected Excercise Time: 10-15 min

Expected Participants – Principal, SRO, Teachers, Support Staff​​​






MCSS TTX 12 - Feeling Under the Weather

 

Read/Download MCSS T​TX 12 - Feeling Under the Weather

Expected Excercise Time: 10-15 min

Expected Participants – Principal, Teachers, Nurse​

MCSS TTX 13 - Bus Crash II

 

Read/Download MCSS T​TX 13 - Bus Crash II

Expected Excercise Time: 10-15 min

Expected Participants – Admin, principal, teachers, SRO's, bus ​staff​​

MCSS TTX 14 - Unfortunate Event

 

Read/Download MCSS T​TX 14 - Unfortunate Event​

Expected Excercise Time: 10-15 min

Expected Participants – Admin, principal, teachers, SRO's,​



MCSS TTX 15 - Oh, What's That Smell

 

Read/Download MCSS T​TX 15 - Oh, What's That Smell​

Expected Excercise Time: 10-15 min

Expected Participants – Admin, principal, teachers, SRO's,​





MCSS TTX 16 - Inappropriate Misconduct

 

Read/Download MCSS T​TX 16 - Inappropriate Misconduct​​

​Expected Excercise Time: 10-15 min

Expected Participants – Admin, principal, teachers, SRO's,​​




MCSS TTX 17 - After School Building

 

Read/Download MCSS T​TX 17 - After School Building

​Expected Excercise Time: 10-15 min

Expected Participants - Principal and any staff that work after normal school hours 



MCSS TTX 18 - Cyberbullying

 

Read/Download MCSS T​TX 18 - Cyberbullying​

​Expected Excercise Time: 10-15 min

Expected Participants - Principal, admin, teachers, mental health providers, behavioral health providers




MCSS TTX 19 - Stairs

 

Read/Download MCSS T​TX 19 - Stairs​​

​Expected Excercise Time: 10-15 min

Expected Participants - Principal, admin, teachers, SROs/SSEs​







MCSS TTX 20 - Survey

 

Read/Download MCSS T​TX 20 - Survey​​

​Expected Excercise Time: 10-15 min

Expected Participants - Principal, admin, teachers, nurse​








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