Florida - Emergency Operations Plans: Policy or Plan Requirements

Policy Or Plan Requirements
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State law requires districts to develop school emergency operations plans (EOPs) that include procedures for plan review and update.

Florida Statutes 1006.07 District school board duties relating to student discipline and school safety.

The district school board shall provide for the proper accounting for all students, for the attendance and control of students at school, and for proper attention to health, safety, and other matters relating to the welfare of students, including:

(4) EMERGENCY DRILLS; EMERGENCY PROCEDURES.— Formulate and prescribe policies and procedures for emergency drills and for actual emergencies, including, but not limited to, fires, natural disasters, and bomb threats, for all the public schools of the district which comprise grades K-12. District school board policies shall include commonly used alarm system responses for specific types of emergencies and verification by each school that drills have been provided as required by law and fire protection codes. The emergency response agency that is responsible for notifying the school district for each type of emergency must be listed in the district's emergency response policy.

Establish model emergency management and emergency preparedness procedures, including emergency notification procedures pursuant to paragraph (a), for the following life-threatening emergencies:

    1. Weapon-use and hostage situations.
    1. Hazardous materials or toxic chemical spills.
    1. Weather emergencies, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and severe storms.
    1. Exposure as a result of a manmade emergency.

Florida Statutes 1006.07 District school board duties relating to student discipline and school safety.

(6) SAFETY AND SECURITY BEST PRACTICES.—Each district school superintendent shall establish policies and procedures for the prevention of violence on school grounds, including the assessment of and intervention with individuals whose behavior poses a threat to the safety of the school community.

  • (a) Each district school superintendent shall designate a school administrator as a school safety specialist for the district. The school safety specialist must earn a certificate of completion of the school safety specialist training provided by the Office of Safe Schools within 1 year after appointment and is responsible for the supervision and oversight for all school safety and security personnel, policies, and procedures in the school district. The school safety specialist shall:
    • 4. Conduct a school security risk assessment in accordance with s. 1006.1493 at each public school using the school security risk assessment tool developed by the Office of Safe Schools.Based on these self-assessment findings, the district school superintendent shall provide recommendations to the district school board which identify strategies and activities that the district school board should implement in order to improve school safety and security. Annually each district school board must receive the self-assessment results at a publicly noticed district school board meeting to provide the public an opportunity to hear the district school board members discuss and take action on the report findings. Each district school superintendent shall report the self-assessment results and school board action to the commissioner within 30 days after the district school board meeting.

Florida Statutes 1001.43 Supplemental powers and duties of district school board.

The district school board may exercise the following supplemental powers and duties as authorized by this code or State Board of Education rule.
(7) FIRST AID AND EMERGENCIES.—The district school board may adopt programs and policies to ensure appropriate response in emergency situations; the provision of first aid to individuals, the student body, and school personnel; and the effective management of student illness, which programs and policies may include, but are not limited to:

  • (a) The provision of first aid and emergency medical care and the provision of school health care facilities and services.
  • (b) The provision of school safety patrol.
  • (c) Procedures for reporting hazards, including threats of nature, bomb threats, threatening messages, and similar occurrences, and the provision of warning systems including alarm systems and other technical devices.
  • (d) Procedures for evacuating the classrooms, playground, or any other district facility.
  • (e) Procedures for reporting accidents, including traffic accidents and traffic violations involving district-owned vehicles.
  • (f) Student insurance programs.
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