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Santa Maria-Bonita SD |  AR  6114  Instruction

Emergencies And Disaster Preparedness Plan   

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The district disaster preparedness plan shall be available to staff, students and the public in the office of the Superintendent and in the office of each principal. Individual building disaster plans shall be provided to each teacher and shall be available for public inspection at the principal's office. The principal shall make certain that students and staff are familiar with the plan and shall periodically conduct preparedness drills to ensure effective behavior in the event of an actual emergency or disaster.

The Superintendent or designee shall review the disaster preparedness plan annually with the principals and recommend changes and/or improvements.

1. Principal

The principal or designee shall assume overall direction of disaster procedures. Each principal shall prepare written disaster plans for his/her school and present a copy to the Superintendent or designee.

The principal shall:

a. Direct evacuation of buildings, using fire signals and procedures as required for fire, threatened explosion, or following cessation of earthquake tremors, and using a manual bell for signals in case of power failure.

b. Arrange for transfer of students when their safety is threatened by floods or approaching fires.

c. Issue orders to teachers if children are to assemble in preselected safer areas within the school.

d. Schedule monthly/periodical fire drills and keep appropriate records. Records of such drills to be forwarded to the Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services on a quarterly basis.

e. Use discretionary judgment in emergencies which do not permit execution of prearranged plans.

f. Inform the Superintendent or designee of all emergency actions taken as soon as possible.

g. Post directions for fire drills and civil defense drills in classrooms, multipurpose rooms, etc.

2. Teachers

Teachers shall be responsible for supervision of students in their charge. Teachers shall:

a. Direct evacuation of students in their charge to inside or outside assembly areas in accordance with signals, warning written notification, or intercom orders.

b. Give the DROP command during an earthquake or in a surprise attack.

c. Take roll when the class is relocated in an outside or inside assembly area or at another location.

d. Report missing students to the principal or designee.

e. Send students in need of first aid to the school nurse or person trained in first aid.

The science teacher, or teacher designated, shall supervise the use of radiological equipment and direct protective measure, as appropriate, against radiological fallout.

3. Custodian

Custodians are responsible for the use of emergency equipment, the handling of supplies and the use of available utilities.

Custodians shall:

a. Survey and report damage to the principal.

b. Direct rescue operations as required.

c. Direct fire fighting efforts until regular fire fighting personnel take over.

d. Control main shutoff valves for gas, water and electricity and ascertain that no hazard results from broken gas, water mains or fallen electrical lines.

e. Disburse supplies and equipment as needed.

f. Conserve usable water supplies.

4. The school secretary shall:

a. Report a fire or disaster to the appropriate authorities.

b. Assist the principal as needed.

c. Provide for the safety of essential school records and documents.

5. The secretarial staff shall man telephones, monitor radio emergency broadcasts, assist the school nurse as needed, and act as messengers and carriers when so directed.

6. The school nurse shall:

a. Administer first aid.

b. Supervise the administration of first aid.

c. Organize first aid and medical supplies.

7. The cafeteria manager shall direct the use and preparation of the cafeteria stock and water supply whenever the feeding of students becomes necessary during a disaster.

8. The bus driver(s) shall:

a. Supervise students if a disaster occurs while they are in bus.

b. Issue the DROP command if an earthquake or surprise attack occurs while students are in the bus.

c. Transfer students to a new location when directed by the principal.

d. Assist the custodian in damage control.


approved: April 8, 1992 Santa Maria, California