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8420 - EMERGENCY SITUATIONS AT SCHOOLS
The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe learning and work environment. Unfortunately, natural and man-made disasters do occur. Such emergencies are best met by preparedness and planning.
The Board directs that a system of emergency preparedness be developed that addresses the following goals and/or objectives:
|A.||the health and safety of students and staff are safeguarded|
|B.||the time necessary for instructional purposes is not unduly diverted|
|C.||minimum disruption to the educational program occurs|
|D.||students are helped to learn self-reliance and trained to respond sensibly to emergency situations|
All threats to the safety of District facilities shall be identified by appropriate personnel and responded to promptly in accordance with the plan for emergency preparedness.
The Board also directs that fire, tornado, and school safety drills be conducted during the school year in accordance with State law. Fire drills shall be conducted nine (9) times a school year at the times and frequency prescribed by the State Fire Marshal. However, no fire drills are required to be conducted in any month that a school safety drill is conducted. Tornado drills shall be conducted on a regular basis during the tornado season in the spring.
School safety drills shall be conducted on or before December 1st of each school year. During the school safety drill, students must be instructed in the appropriate procedures to follow in situations where students must be secured in their building (rather than evacuated), including:
|A.||a threat to the school involving terrorism;|
|B.||a person in possession of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance on school property; and|
|C.||other acts of violence.|
Prior to conducting the annual school safety drill, each director shall:
|A.||provide advance written notice of each school safety drill to the municipal or township police chief or other chief law enforcement officer (or in the absence of such officer, the county sheriff);|
|Such notice shall be provided no later than seventy-two (72) hours prior to the date the drill will be held, be sent by mail, facsimile, or electronic submission, and include the address of the school and the date and time the drill will be conducted.|
|B.||provide follow-up written certification of the date and time the drill was conducted to the municipal or township police chief or other chief law enforcement officer (or in the absence of such officer, the county sheriff);|
|The certification of each completed drill must be submitted by mail by December 5th each school year.|
|C.||hold annual training sessions for school employees regarding the procedures to follow during school safety drills.|
Each Director shall keep a written record of the date and time of each drill conducted.
Procedures shall be developed for the handling of all emergency evacuations.
A.C. 1301:7-7-01, 3301-35-03(D), 3301-83-15