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West Side Union SD (Healdsburg) |  AR  3516.2  Business and Noninstructional Operations

Bomb Threats   

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Receiving Threats

Any staff member receiving a telephoned bomb threat shall try to keep the caller on the line so as to gather information about the location and timing of the bomb and the person(s) responsible. He/she should also try to determine the caller's gender and age and should take note of any distinctive features of voice or speech and any background noises such as music, traffic, machinery or other voices.

Staff members who customarily receive telephone calls or handle packages shall receive training related to bomb threats.


1. Any employee who receives a bomb threat shall immediately call 911 and also report the threat to the Superintendent/Principal or designee. If the threat is in writing, he/she shall place the message in an envelope and take note of where and by whom it was found.

2. Any student or employee seeing a suspicious package shall promptly notify the Superintendent/Principal or designee.

3. The Superintendent/Principal or designee shall immediately institute the safest procedure to follow based on the threat posed to the school. Procedures as specified in the emergency plan (evacuation, shelter in place, or lockdown).

(cf. 3516 - Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Plan)

(cf. 3516.1 - Fire Drills and Fires)

4. The Superintendent/Principal or designee shall turn off any two-way radio equipment which is located in a threatened building.

Law enforcement and/or fire department staff shall conduct the bomb search. No other school staff shall search for or handle any explosive or incendiary device.

Except for school police officers, no staff or students shall reenter the threatened building(s) until the law enforcement and/or fire department staff advises the Superintendent/Principal or designee that reentry is safe.

Any student who makes a bomb threat shall be subject to disciplinary procedures.

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

Legal Reference:


44810 Willful interference with classroom conduct

48900 Grounds for suspension or expulsion

51202 Instruction in personal and public health and safety


17 Felony, misdemeanor, classification of offenses

148.1 False report of explosive or facsimile bomb

245 Assault with deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury; punishment

594 Vandalism; penalty


approved: November 8, 2007 Healdsburg, California