In Case of Emergency
EducatorsAbroad Ltd. (EA) program administrators and personnel care about the welfare
of all individuals involved in their programs. We recognize that all participants
are adults personally responsible for their own welfare and decisions they make.
But, we also know that events can occur at any point in life when the support and
assistance of others is needed.
While it is not possible to predict all problems that may arise as we participate
in EA programs, all participants (students, faculty, colleagues) need to be ready
to respond to the unexpected as professionals and as individuals concerned about
the welfare of others.
Whether it is a concern of the host school or country, teachers or administrators,
student/participant, or EA faculty and staff, our goal is to assure that the best
possible decisions are made and that action is taken in response to the needs of
participants and colleagues under the circumstances that prevail.
In preparation for such circumstances the following guidelines are presented.
The first response to an emergency situation or concern is in the hands of the individuals
closest to the situation - usually the student/participant, teachers, and administrators
in the host school - recognizing that decisions are best made by the individuals
closest to the situation where circumstances and options are best known.
Initial steps involve identifying the seriousness of the situation, determining
decisions to be made and who is responsible for those decisions, and taking appropriate
action given existing circumstances. Where necessary, services of the appropriate
non-governmental or governmental agency should be sought.
Decisions are made by individuals in this order with each assisting the other
in seeking to make the best possible decisions under the circumstances:
- Participant directly involved in the emergency situation.
- Host school (administration and/or cooperating teacher).
- Faculty member assigned to supervise student/participant work.
- Faculty member serving as host country coordinator and/or placement director.
- Program Associate Director/Manager/Coordinator – Jennifer McCleery/Erica Swenson/Paula
- Program Director – Craig Kissock.
Sharing of information is on a 'need and right to know' basis. It is important that
only those who need and have the right to know are informed in a timely and regular
manner as circumstances allow.
- At no time will individuals associated with the program communicate with the media
about cases of concern or emergency.
- Being informed does not presume the need to take action.
At the same time, it is important that EA faculty and staff be made aware of emergency
situations. The Host Country Coordinator, Placement Director, and/or EA faculty
supervisor should be contacted immediately – or as soon as feasible – so they are
informed and can offer assistance. These individuals will report to faculty and
staff in the EA office, and together we will assist as best we can to assure the
well being of all participants.
If the Host Country Coordinator and/or EA faculty supervisor are unavailable, do
not hesitate to contact the Associate Director/Program Manager/Coordinator or Director
at any time in case of an emergency.
Issues that may arise at the time and given the situation (that may or may not be
decided by the participant) include among others:
- Need to involve police and/or immigration authorities.
- Participant privacy such as whether to notify parents or relatives.
Information for contacting faculty assigned to the participant (placement director,
EA faculty supervisor, host country coordinator) and the host school is available
on each participant's www personal site. Click here to sign in. Use the participant's assigned username
and password to access contact details.
Click here for EducatorsAbroad contact information.