October 27, 2015
It’s 10 p.m. when you get the call.
The police have one of your teachers in custody. They just raided his home and found a basement full of marijuana plants, as well as bags of dried leaves. The teacher was turned in by a high school student, who reported that the teacher not only sold the drug to students, but also hosted “smoke parties” at his home. She provided photos taken on her phone, some of which are already posted on social media sites.
The media has been calling for the past hour, but you decide to ignore them. After disconnecting your phone, you go to bed.
Tomorrow is another day.
It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to visualize circumstances that could throw a school district into crisis. From bad weather and school violence to legal problems, health epidemics, and facility breakdowns, the opportunities for a crisis present themselves daily.
How your district handles that crisis, however, could have a significant impact on community and taxpayer support. Denial, failure to communicate, or a slow response, are simply unacceptable.
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