State law requires districts to develop school emergency operations plans (EOPs) that include procedures for plan review and update.
Idaho Administrative Code 08.02.03.160 Safe Environment and Discipline.
Each school district will have a comprehensive districtwide policy and procedure encompassing the following:
- School Climate
- Student Health
- Violence Prevention
- Possessing Weapons on Campus
- Substance Abuse - Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Drugs
- Suicide Prevention
- Student Harassment
- Drug-free School Zones
- Building Safety including Evacuation Drills
- Relationship Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Districts will conduct an annual review of these policies and procedures. (See Section 33-1612) Effective date (3-20-14)
Idaho Statutes 33-512 Governance of Schools.
The board of trustees of each school district shall have the following powers and duties:
- (16) To maintain a safe environment for students by developing a system that cross-checks all contractors or other persons who have irregular contact with students against the statewide sex offender register, by developing a school safety plan for each school and by meeting annually with emergency first responders to update the plans and discuss emergency exercises and operations;
Idaho Statutes 33-5902 Legislative Intent.
It is the intent of the legislature that the purpose of this chapter is to: (1) Promote the safety and security of the students attending the public educational institutions of the state; (2) Provide recommendations, systems and training to assist public educational institutions at all levels for the safety and security of students; (3) Enhance the safety and security resources available to public educational institutions; (4) Ensure that periodic security assessments of statewide public educational institutions are conducted and reported; (5) Ensure that surveys are conducted and research information is reported to appropriate parties; (6) Promote the use of technical methods, devices and improvements to address school security; (7) Encourage the recognition of security design to be incorporated in future construction or renovation of public educational institutions; and (8) Provide written reports of security assessments to appropriate school administrative authorities.
Idaho Statutes 33-5904 Office of School Safety and Security.
(1) There is hereby established in the Idaho division of building safety the office of school safety and security. The administrator of the division of building safety may hire a manager of the office of school safety and security who shall be responsible for the performance of the regular administrative functions of the office and other duties as the administrator may direct. The manager of the office of school safety and security shall be a nonclassified employee. The administrator of the division of building safety may employ persons in addition to the manager in other positions or capacities as he or she deems necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the office of school safety and security as set forth in this section. The administrator shall provide an office, office equipment and facilities as may be reasonably necessary for the proper performance of the duties of the office manager and other office personnel. (2) The administrator of the division of building safety and the manager and other personnel of the office of school safety and security may enter all public educational facilities in this state at reasonable times to conduct annual assessments for consistency with the school safety and security guidelines developed by the Idaho school safety and security advisory board. To the extent possible, such assessments should occur simultaneously with inspections conducted pursuant to section 39-8008, Idaho Code. The office of school safety and security shall prepare a written report for each security assessment it conducts. At a minimum, such reports shall include any safety or security vulnerabilities found in the subject school and recommendations for remedying such vulnerabilities. The office shall provide a copy of the report to the local education agency and to the school principal or president. The office shall also prepare an annual report, a copy of which shall be submitted to the state board of education and to the Idaho school safety and security advisory board each year. (3) Upon request of any public educational institution, the office of school safety and security shall provide training and technical assistance on best practices and resources for school safety and security as set forth in the guidelines established by the Idaho school safety and security advisory board.
(4) The Idaho division of building safety may receive grant moneys on behalf of the office of school safety and security to carry out the responsibilities of the office. (5) On July 1 of each year, or as soon as practicable, the state controller shall transfer three hundred thousand dollars ($ 300,000) from the public school income fund to the division of building safety's miscellaneous revenue fund 0349 for the purposes of this section.
Idaho Statutes 33-5906 Powers and Duties of the Idaho School Safety and Security Advisory Board.
The Idaho school safety and security advisory board shall: (1) Develop, annually review and modify, if necessary, school safety and security guidelines for the office of school safety and security to use in conducting its annual assessments, training and technical assistance pursuant to section 33-5904, Idaho Code; (2) Regularly assess safety and security resources that may be used in public educational facilities; and (3) On or before February 1 of each year, report to the legislature and to the governor on the status of school safety and security in the Idaho public educational facilities.