La Canada USD | BP 3516 Business and Noninstructional Operations
Emergencies And Disaster Preparedness Plan
All district staff and students must be prepared to respond quickly and responsibly to emergencies, disasters, and events which threaten to result in a disaster.
The Superintendent or designee shall develop and maintain a disaster preparedness plan which details provisions for handling all foreseeable emergencies and disasters and which shall be included in the district's comprehensive safety plan. (Education Code 32282). This plan shall be reviewed and updated at least annually.
Principals shall augment the district plan with working plans and procedures specific to each school building. All students and employees shall receive instruction regarding these plans. Parents shall receive notification of parent procedures.
The Superintendent or designee shall consult with city and/or county agencies so that district and site plans may provide the best possible way of handling each situation and also provide for emergency communications systems between these agencies and each district school.
District and site plans shall address at least the following situations:
1. Fire in a building.
2. Fire from an external source, such as a forest, brush or grass.
3. Bomb threat or actual detonation.
4. Natural disasters, i.e., floods, heavy snows, blizzards, torrential rains, earthquakes, tornadoes.
5. Man-made disasters, i.e., smog, riots, airplane crashes, chemical accidents.
6. Attack or disturbance by criminal or insane individuals or groups.
7. Medical emergencies and quarantines, such as a pandemic influenza outbreak.
(cf. 3514 - Environmental Safety)
(cf. 3515 - School Safety and Security)
(cf. 4141.6/4241.6 - Concerted Activities/Work Stoppage)
(cf. 5142 - Safety)
(cf. 5141.22 - Infectious Diseases)
The Superintendent or designee shall use state-approved Standardized Emergency Management System guidelines and the national Incident Command System when updating district and site-level emergency and disaster preparedness plans.
The Superintendent or designee may provide a plan which allows bus seating capacity limits to be exceeded when a disaster or hazard requires students to be moved immediately to ensure their safety. (Education Code 38051)
The Governing Board shall grant the use of school buildings, grounds and equipment to public agencies, including the American Red Cross, for mass care and welfare shelters during disasters or other emergencies affecting the public health and welfare. The Board shall cooperate with such agencies in furnishing and maintaining whatever services it deems necessary to meet the community's needs. (Education Code 38132)
Disaster simulation exercises shall be held annually at each school site and shall demonstrate how safety procedures may be applied to various types of emergencies.
The Board encourages all employees to become proficient in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Each principal shall ascertain that at least one staff member at each school holds a valid certificate in these areas. The Superintendent or designee shall provide for CPR inservice training to be offered at least once a year for district staff.
School employees are considered disaster service workers and are subject to disaster service activities assigned to them. (Government Code 3100)
32001 Fire alarms and drills
32040 Duty to equip school with first aid kit
32290 Safety devices
39834 Operating overloaded bus
49505 Natural disaster; meals for homeless students; reimbursement
3100 Public employees as disaster service workers
8607 Standardized emergency management system
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
550 Fire drills
560 Civil defense and disaster preparedness plans
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 19
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 42
Avian Influenza, Governance and Policy Services Fact Sheet, April 2006
911! A Manual for Schools and the Media During a Campus Crisis, 2001
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION PUBLICATIONS
Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist, 2006
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION
Pandemic Flu School Action Kit, June 2006
GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES
School Emergency Response: Using SEMS at Districts and Sites, June 1998
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS
Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities, May 2003
American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org
California Department of Education, Crisis Preparedness: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/cp
California Emergency Management Agency: http://www.calema.ca.gov
California Seismic Safety Commission: http://www.seismic.ca.gov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov
Contra Costa County Office of Education, Pandemic influenza resources: http://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/about/flu/resources_flu_action_kit
Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov
U.S. Department of Education, Emergency Planning: http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/emergencyplan
U.S. Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov
Policy LA CANADA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: December 5, 2006 La Canada Flintridge, California