EMERGENCY PLANS/SAFETY DRILLS
(Districts Required to Hold Earthquake Drills)
The superintendent or designee has the responsibility for developing and maintaining the district’s emergency preparedness plans and emergency drill schedules. The district will supply the schools with safety equipment and train the staff on emergency preparedness and violence prevention.
Operational guidelines and policies will be closed to the public when they are developed, adopted or maintained by the district in its capacity as an entity responsible for law enforcement, public safety, first response or public health for use in responding to or preventing any critical incident that is or appears to be terrorist in nature and that has the potential to endanger individual or public safety or health. Public interest in nondisclosure outweighs the public interest in disclosure because disclosure would impair the district’s ability to protect the safety or health of persons.
Emergency preparedness drills (fire, severe weather, tornado, bus evacuation, earthquake, bomb threat, lockdown, shelter-in-place and evacuation) will be developed by the superintendent or designee in cooperation with the building principals. A sufficient number of drills will be conducted in each building to give instruction and practice in proper actions by staff and students. Emergency exiting procedures will be posted near the door in each instructional area. Instruction in fire drills shall be given early in the school year, and drills shall be held regularly throughout the year.
The decision to call for and execute drills will be the responsibility of the superintendent and/or the building principal. The district will cooperate and coordinate drills with other community agencies such as the fire department, law enforcement officials, emergency medical services and local emergency planning committees.
District Emergency Plans
It shall be the responsibility of the building principal, in cooperation with the appropriate emergency preparedness officials, to determine shelter areas in the school building or outside that are best suited for the protection of students from severe storms, tornadoes or other emergencies, as well as the safest routes to reach those areas. In addition, the district will work with emergency preparedness officials to address off-site emergencies that may occur, such as accidents involving school transportation or emergencies on field trips.
Students and staff members may be retained for safety reasons at the school buildings or another safe place during actual emergency conditions. The district plan will include information on communicating with parents and instructions on how parents will locate their students in an emergency.
During actual emergency conditions, emergency personnel and emergency vehicles will have priority near the schools.
Earthquake Preparedness Disaster Plans and Drills
In accordance with law, the superintendent or designee, cooperating with building principals, shall develop and implement a districtwide school building disaster plan, in order to protect students and staff before, during and after an earthquake. The plan will be designed specifically to minimize the danger to students, staff and district property as a result of an earthquake and will be ready for implementation at any time. The superintendent or designee will request assistance with developing and establishing the earthquake emergency procedure system from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and any local emergency management agency located within district boundaries.
An emergency exercise will be held at least twice each school year that will require students and staff to simulate earthquake emergency conditions and practice the procedures that are to be implemented under such conditions.
The superintendent shall develop a program that ensures that all students and staff of the district are aware of and properly trained in the earthquake emergency procedure system. This emergency procedure system shall be available for public inspection at the district office during normal business hours.
At the beginning of each school year, the district shall distribute to all students information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), SEMA and other sources in order to help students understand the causes and effects of earthquakes and the best and latest safety measures available to them in an earthquake situation.
Community Emergency Plan
The Board directs the superintendent or designee to recommend an emergency preparedness plan, subject to Board adoption, to address the use of school resources, including school facilities, commodity foods, school transportation and equipment if a natural disaster or other community emergency occurs. The plan will authorize the superintendent or other designated school official to approve the use of school resources to provide relief to the community if an emergency occurs. The use of school resources under this section shall be subject to review by the Board within 30 days of authorization or as soon as reasonably possible.
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|Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for related information.|
Cross Refs: IC, Academic Calendar/Year/Day
Legal Refs: §§ 160.451 – .457, .480, 320.010, 610.021, RSMo.
5 C.S.R. 30 – 261.010
Raymondville R-VII School District, Raymondville, Missouri
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