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William S. Hart Union HSD  |  AR  0450  Philosophy, Goals, Objectives and Comprehensive Plans

Comprehensive Safety Plan   

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Development of Safety Plan

The school site council shall write and develop a comprehensive safety plan relevant to the needs and resources of that particular school. The site council shall consult with local law enforcement in the writing and development of the plan, as well as other school site councils and safety committees, when practical. (Education Code 35294.1, 35294.2)

(cf. 0420 - School-Based Management/Site Councils)

In addition, the school site council may consult with other local agencies as appropriate, including health care and emergency services.

(cf. 1400 - Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)

The school site council may delegate the responsibility for writing and developing a school safety plan to a school safety planning committee. This committee may be composed of the following members: (Education Code 35294.1)

1. The principal or designee.

2. One teacher who is a representative of the recognized certificated employee organization.

3. One parent/guardian whose student attends the school.

4. One classified employee who is a representative of the recognized classified employee organization.

5. Other members, if desired.

Before adopting its comprehensive school safety plan, the school site council or school safety planning committee shall hold a public meeting at the school in order to allow members of the public the opportunity to express an opinion about the school safety plan. (Education Code 35294.8)

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

Elements of the Safety Plan

The safety plan shall include but not be limited to: (Education Code 35294.2)

1. An assessment of the current status of school crime committed on campuses and at school-related functions.

(cf 3515.1 - Crime Data Reporting)

2. Appropriate strategies and programs that will provide or maintain a high level of school safety and address the school's procedures for complying with existing laws related to school safety, which shall include the development of all the following:

a. Child abuse reporting procedures consistent with Penal Code 11164.

(cf. 5141.4 - Child Abuse Reporting Procedures)

b. Routine and emergency disaster procedures.

(cf. 3516 - Emergencies and Disaster Preparedness Plan)

(cf. 3516.1 - Fire Drills and Fires)

(cf. 3516.3 - Earthquake Emergency Procedure System)

(cf. 3543 - Transportation Safety and Emergencies)

c. Policies pursuant to Education Code 48915(c) and other school-designated serious acts which would lead to suspension, expulsion, or mandatory expulsion recommendations.

(cf. 5131.7 - Weapons and Dangerous Instruments)

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

(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities))

d. Procedures to notify teachers of dangerous students pursuant to Education Code 49079.

(cf. 4158/4258/4358 - Employee Security)

e. A sexual harassment policy pursuant to Education Code 231.5.

(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)

f. If the school has adopted a dress code prohibiting students from wearing "gang-related apparel," the provisions of that dress code.

(cf. 5132 - Dress and Grooming)

g. Procedures for safe ingress and egress of students, parents/guardians, and employees to and from school.

(cf. 5142 - Safety)

h. A safe and orderly environment conducive to learning at the school.

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)

i. The rules and procedures on school discipline adopted pursuant to Education Code 35291 and 35291.5.

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

Among the strategies for providing a safe environment, the plan may also include:

1. A positive school climate that promotes respect for diversity, personal and social responsibility, effective interpersonal and communication skills, self-esteem, anger management, and conflict resolution.

(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

(cf. 6141.2 - Recognition of Religious Beliefs and Customs)

2. Disciplinary policies and procedures that contain prevention strategies as well as behavioral expectations and consequences for violations.

(cf. 4218 - Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action)

(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)

(cf. 5136 - Gangs)

(cf. 5145.12 - Search and Seizure)

3. Curriculum that emphasizes prevention and alternatives to violence. This curriculum may include multicultural education, character/values education, media analysis skills, conflict resolution, and community service learning.

4. Parent involvement strategies, including strategies to help ensure parental support and reinforcement of the school's rules and increase the number of adults on campus.

(cf. 1240 - Volunteer Assistance)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

5. Prevention and intervention strategies related to the sale or use of drugs and alcohol which shall reflect expectations for drug-free schools and support for recovering students.

(cf. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)

(cf. 5131.62 - Tobacco)

6. Collaborative relationships among the city, county, community agencies, local law enforcement, the judicial system, and the schools that lead to the development of a set of common goals and community strategies for violence prevention instruction.

(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)

7. Assessment of the school's physical environment, including a risk management analysis and development of ground security measures such as procedures for the closing of campuses to outsiders, securing the campus perimeter, and protecting buildings against vandalism. In addition, methods for effective enforcement and prevention may be considered, including the presence of law enforcement on campus.

(cf. 1250 - Visitors to Schools)

(cf. 3515 - School Safety and Security)

(cf. 3530 - Risk Management/Insurance)

(cf. 5112.5 - Open/Closed Campus)

(cf. 5131.5 - Theft, Vandalism and Graffiti)

8. Crisis intervention strategies, which may include the following:

a. Identification of possible crises that may occur, determination of necessary tasks that need to be addressed, and development of procedures relative to each crisis, including the involvement of law enforcement and other public safety agencies as appropriate.

(cf. 3515.2 - Disruptions)

b. Assignment of staff members responsible for each identified task and procedure.

c. Development of an evacuation plan based on an assessment of buildings and grounds and opportunities for students and staff to practice the evacuation plan.

d. Coordination of communication to schools, Governing Board members, parents/guardians, and the media.

(cf. 1112 - Media Relations)

(cf. 9010 - Public Statements)

e. Development of a method for the reporting of violent incidents.

f. Development of follow-up procedures that may be required after the crisis has occurred, such as counseling.

9. Staff training in violence prevention and intervention techniques, including preparation to implement the elements of the safety plan.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

Evaluation of the Safety Plan

The school site council or safety planning committee shall evaluate, and amend as necessary, the safety plan at least once a year to ensure that the plan is properly implemented. (Education Code 35294.2)

The principal or designee shall ensure that an updated file of all safety-related plans and materials is readily available for inspection by the public. (Education Code 35294.2)


Issued: 10/09/96 Santa Clarita, California

Reissued: 10/14/98

Reissued: 06/07/00