0450 – Mission and Goals – Comprehensive Plans – Comprehensive Safety Plan

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Adopted – 7/16/1998
Revised – 4/18/2013
Development and Review of School Site Safety Plan

The school principal shall write and develop a comprehensive safety plan relevant to the needs and resources of that particular school. The principal shall consult with local law enforcement in the writing and development of the plan, as well as other safety committees, when practical.

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

The principal may delegate the responsibility for writing and developing a school safety plan to a school safety planning committee. This committee shall be composed of the following members:

1. The principal or designee
2. One teacher who is a representative of the recognized certificated employee organization
3. One parent/guardian whose child 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.

The principal 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.

The District safety plan shall be reviewed and updated annually by March 1 of each year.

The Board shall approve the comprehensive District-wide and/or school safety plan(s) in order to ensure compliance with state law, Board policy and administrative regulation.

By October 15 of each year, the Superintendent or designee shall notify the California Department of Education of any schools that have not complied with the requirements of Education Code 35294.1.

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.

Elements of the Safety Plan

The District-wide and/or school site safety plan shall include, but not be limited to:

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

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, including all of the following:

a. Child abuse reporting procedures consistent with Penal Code 11164

b. Routine and emergency disaster procedures including, but not limited to:

(1) Adaptations for students with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act

(2) An earthquake emergency procedure system in accordance with Education Code 32282

(3) A procedure to allow public agencies, including the American Red Cross, to use school buildings, grounds, and equipment for mass care and welfare shelters during disasters or other emergencies affecting the public health and welfare

c. Policies pursuant to Education Code 48915(c) for students who commit an act listed in Education Code 48915(c) and other school-designated serious acts which would lead to suspension, expulsion or mandatory expulsion recommendations

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

e. A policy consistent with the prohibition against discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying pursuant to Education Code 200-262.4

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

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

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

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

j. Hate crime reporting procedures

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

1. Development of 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

2. Disciplinary policies and procedures that contain prevention strategies, such as strategies to prevent bullying, hazing and cyberbullying, as well as behavioral expectations and consequences for violations

3. Curriculum that emphasizes prevention and alternatives to violence such as multicultural education, character/values education, media analysis skills, conflict resolution, community service learning, and education related to the prevention of dating violence

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

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

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

7. Procedures for responding to the release of a pesticide or other toxic substance from properties located within one-quarter mile of the school

8. Procedures for receiving verification from law enforcement that a violent crime has occurred on school grounds and for promptly notifying parents/guardians and employees of that crime

9. 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, installing surveillance systems, securing the campus perimeter, protecting buildings against vandalism and providing for law enforcement presence on campus

10. Crisis prevention and 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

b. Threat assessment strategies to determine the credibility and seriousness of a threat and provide appropriate interventions for the potential offender(s)

c Assignment of staff members responsible for each identified task and procedure

d Development of an evacuation plan based on an assessment of buildings and grounds and opportunities for student and staff to practice the evacuation plan

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

f Development of a method for the reporting of violent incidents

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

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

See Policy #0450.
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