805.  EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS - Pg.

805.  EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

1.        Purpose

The Board recognizes its responsibility to safeguard the health and welfare of district students and employees. Therefore, the Board shall provide the facilities, equipment and training necessary to minimize the effects of all hazards and emergencies, including but not limited to natural disasters, hazardous chemicals, fires, weapons, bomb threats, terrorism, communicable diseases and pandemics. Advance planning and comprehensive implementation are key components in ensuring the protection of the school community.

2.        Authority

        35 Pa. C.S.A.

        Sec. 7701

      Title 22

      Sec. 10.24

The district, in cooperation with the county Emergency Management Agency and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), shall develop and implement a comprehensive disaster response and emergency preparedness plan, consistent with the guidelines developed by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and other applicable state requirements.

The Board shall also utilize the resources of and comply with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

        SC 1517, 1518

        35 Pa. C.S.A.

        Sec. 7701

The Board shall ensure that emergency and evacuation drills are conducted at intervals required by state law.

3.        Delegation of

        Responsibility

The Superintendent or designee shall collaborate with relevant stakeholders, including parents/guardians, staff, community agencies and first responders, during the development and implementation of the emergency preparedness plan.

District staff shall be trained to assist in implementing the emergency preparedness plan.

      SC 1517

      SC 1303-A

      Title 22

      Sec. 10.11

      Pol. 805.1

The Superintendent or designee shall implement a communication system to notify parents/guardians of the evacuation of students and to alert the entire school community when necessary.

Annually, by April 10, the Superintendent shall certify that emergency and evacuation drills have been conducted in the manner prescribed by law.

In accordance with state law and regulations, the Superintendent shall execute a memorandum of understanding with each local police department that has jurisdiction over school property.

4.        Guidelines

      SC 1302.1-A

        35 Pa. C.S.A.

        Sec. 7701

      Title 22

      Sec. 10.24

      Title 22

      Sec. 10.24

      Pol. 805.1

The emergency preparedness plan shall be maintained in each district building, be reviewed at least annually and modified as necessary. A copy of the plan shall be provided to the county Emergency Management Agency, each local police department and each local fire department that has jurisdiction over school property.  The emergency preparedness plan shall be communicated to students, parents/guardians, the community and other relevant stakeholders.

Annually, by September 30, the district shall assemble information required to assist local police and fire departments in responding to an emergency.  The required information shall be deployed immediately to the Incident Command Post in the event of an emergency incident or disaster.

Continuity Of Student Learning/Core Operations

        35 Pa. C.S.A.

        Sec. 7701

In the event of an emergency, local, county or state officials may require that schools be closed to serve as mass-care facilities or to mitigate the spread of infection or illness. Local, county or state officials may also utilize district-owned buses and other transportation vehicles.  

The district shall make provisions in the emergency preparedness plan for the continuity of student learning during school closings or excessive absences.

The continuity of core operations such as payroll and ongoing communication with students and parents/guardians shall be an essential part of the emergency preparedness plan.

Education

     

Pol. 203.1

Students and staff members shall be instructed and shall practice how to respond appropriately to emergency situations.

Effective infection control and prevention procedures, such as frequent hand washing and cough/sneeze etiquette, shall be encouraged continually to help limit the spread of germs at district schools.

Required Drills

        35 Pa. C.S.A.

        Sec. 7701

At least annually, all district schools shall conduct a disaster response or emergency preparedness plan drill.

        SC 1517, 1518

Fire drills shall be conducted at least once a month during the school year.

        SC 1517

Bus evacuation drills shall be conducted twice a year, in accordance with law.

References:

School Code – 24 P.S. Sec. 1302.1-A, 1303-A, 1517, 1518

State Board of Education Regulations – 22 PA Code Sec. 10.11, 10.24

Disaster Prevention – 35 Pa. C.S.A. Sec. 7701

Board Policy – 203.1, 805.1, 810, 909

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