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Introduction to Homeland Security/Emergency Management 2020-2021  

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This class is required for both Law Enforcement and Homeland Security pathways. This course offers (4) FEMA certifications embedded into the course. This allows students to work all year on four courses and related coursework. This course focuses on combatting terrorism, emergency management related to natural disasters, and preparation for large scale incidents.



The Criminal Justice courses at Bath County High School may contain sensitive or graphic material due to the nature of each course. Each class allows students the opportunity to practice with real life cases and true stories, some of which are graphic and unimaginable. Students have the opportunity to research a criminal of their choosing for one of the Summative Assignments. Students also have the opportunity to look at crime scene evidence, examine terrorist attacks, training simulations including training with firearms (plastic guns), gun safety with plastic training guns, officer safety (using vests & safety materials) and various hands-on activities (interrogation techniques, arrest procedures).  Students will have the opportunity to participate in several lab projects using sensitive case materials (hair & fiber, blood spatter, tire treads, etc.). If at any time, a student or parent is uncomfortable with any material presented in class or as homework, they are encouraged to see Mrs. Highley for clarification, alternate assignment, or another solution. 

It is MANDATORY that each parent sign the disclaimer part of the Permission Slip (to be sent home on syllabus). The Media Use and Documentary/Movie use included in your syllabus is up to you on how you answer.

  • Checking in!

    Hi students! I hope you are having a great first week back to school. I wanted to do a quick recap in case you had questions or concerns about what you needed to be doing for my classes this week

    . Use this checklist to see if you have completed everything :) *Join Google Classroom

    *Join Remind 101 with cell phone/tablet if you have one

    *Read through all announcements posted for class and/or watch videos with announcements

    *Open the Student Survey & take it in Google Forms

    *Open the Syllabus Quiz & take it in Google Forms (syllabus attached to assignment)

    *Open Week 1 Assignment list- View Introduction video *Complete Wednesday-Friday work by viewing the SEL PowerPoint (attached to assignment)

    *Complete writing prompts on Google docs/slides

    *Complete "I can't imagine life without..." assignment in google docs/slides

    *Complete "Vision Board" Assignment in Google docs/slides

    **ALL assignments should be shared with Mrs. Highley via whatever format you choose before August 29. You can attach multiple assignments to the Week 1 submission if you prefer or you can share them individually to my email. ALL work I have received up to this point has been graded. I have left comments on most submissions. If you are going to continue with one document/one slideshow, please re-share the Google Doc/Slide with me so that I can get a notification and so that I can grade the rest of the assignments. Have a great rest of your week! Contact me if you have ANY questions.

  • REMIND 101

    If you have a device that receives text messages, it is very important that you join my Remind class. The link is below. This allows me to send you class updates, assignment information, and check-in with you quickly! If you have never used Remind, follow this link. Create an account and begin joining classes!

    Class Code- Homeland Security --> 42426c


  • Information about this course

    This course will be different than other courses taught in the Criminal Justice Program. Some of you are enrolled in Emergency Management & some of you are enrolled in Homeland Security. It is VERY important that you read the schedule and the assignment to be sure it pertains to your class! If you have already taken Homeland Security, you should be enrolled in Emergency Management.

    We will utilize the FEMA training website. It is a web based program that allows you to work your way through FEMA certifications. There are 4 required certifications to be considered industry certified along with at least 3 Criminal Justice courses. The 4 will be taken in Homeland Security. Emergency Management will work through another set of FEMA training courses.

    You will have approximately two weeks (some will take more, some will take less time) to complete each course and that includes your final exam. The final exam must be passed with a score of 75%. You can retake if necessary. You may use your notes but should not using any other study materials. There is NO study guide for these exams as the questions change each time you take it. The best advice I can give is to take extensive notes and break down the material into words you can understand. The exams are put into tricky wording to help you understand the meaning of the terms.

    I will only assign ONE course at a time. The Final Exam will be due for everyone on the same day but you may take it before if you choose. You MUST forward me the email of your passing score and certificate. I cannot count this grade until you do. If you have not received an email after two days, it is your responsibility to email the Independent Study Program at and ask them to forward you another certificate. How to create a log in for this course will be provided in a video on another announcement.

    Most courses will populate on the main screen of this website. If they do not, you can type in the box on the right hand course, enter key word-search IS, and type the course number (example- Is-2200).

  • Clever Information

    Students, we will be using Clever this year to make it easier for our students with the multiple programs that we will be using and login information due to virtual learning. Here is a quick tutorial on how to use Clever. I have added apps and links to make it easier for you to find what you need. After you log in the first time, this will allow you to use one sign on for multiple apps and links! *This may tell you the video is unavailable, click "view on youtube" to watch this video*


  • Log in information for this course:


    At the following link, click on the left-hand side of the screen, "Register for a FEMA SID". It tells you that you are exiting this website, proceed to the new site (the first underlined website). Click on Register for a FEMA SID Fill out all the information. It is SUPER IMPORTANT that you use your SCHOOL EMAIL so that we can recover your certificates easily if they do not get sent to you. If you put another email such as a personal one, they do not come to those regularly and you could miss out on your certificates and have to spend a lot of time contacting FEMA IS. Write down the email you used to register for SID, write down the password you created, along with the security questions answers. After you register, it will give you a number, this will be your FEMA SID. Step 1- EMAIL your SID number to Mrs. Highley @ If you do not email it to me, I cannot help you track down your certificates and therefore you cannot receive a passing score in this course. Step 2- WRITE IT DOWN in MULTIPLE places. You will need it each time you take a FINAL EXAM.

    IF YOU HAVE ALREADY TAKEN HOMELAND SECURITY::If you have registered for an SID before but have forgotten your information, you may need to try to do a reset. I have your SID numbers but I do not have your email information OR your security question answers.

  • Google Classroom

    Intro to Homeland Security/Emergency Management will use Google Classroom as the means for distributing assignment information for this course. Both courses are web based and will use the FEMA website to teach the material. 

    Google Classroom Code: 6rive6k



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