Texas - Emergency Operations Plans: Policy or Plan Requirements

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

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

Texas Statutes Education Code 37.205 Safety Training Programs

The center shall conduct for school districts a safety training program that includes:

  • (1) development of a positive school environment and proactive safety measures designed to address local concerns;

  • (2) school safety courses for law enforcement officials, with a focus on school district police officers and school resource officers;

  • (3) discussion of school safety issues with parents and community members; and

  • (4) assistance in developing a multihazard emergency operations plan for adoption under Section 37.108.


Texas Statutes Education Code 37.108 Multihazard Emergency Operations Plan; Safety and Security and Security Audit

(a) Each school district or public junior college district shall adopt and implement a multihazard emergency operations plan for use in the district’s facilities. The plan must address mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery as defined by the commissioner of education or commissioner of higher education in conjunction with the governor’s office of homeland security. The plan must provide for:

  • (1) district employee training in responding to an emergency;

  • (2) if the plan applies to a school district, mandatory school drills and exercises to prepare district students and employees for responding to an emergency;

  • (3) measures to ensure coordination with the Department of State Health Services and local emergency management agencies, law enforcement, health departments, and fire departments in the event of an emergency; and

  • (4) the implementation of a safety and security audit as required by Subsection (b).

(b) At least once every three years, each school district or public junior college district shall conduct a safety and security audit of the district’s facilities. To the extent possible, a district shall follow safety and security audit procedures developed by the Texas School Safety Center or a comparable public or private entity.

(c) A school district or public junior college district shall report the results of the safety and security audit conducted under Subsection (b) to the district’s board of trustees and, in the manner required by the Texas School Safety Center, to the Texas School Safety Center.


Texas Statutes Education Code 37.109 School Safety and Security Committee

(a) In accordance with guidelines established by the Texas School Safety Center, each school district shall establish a school safety and security committee.

(b) The committee shall:

  • (1) participate on behalf of the district in developing and implementing emergency plans consistent with the district multihazard emergency operations plan required by Section 37.108 (a) to ensure that the plans reflect specific campus, facility, or support services needs;

  • (2) provide the district with any campus, facility, or support services information required in connection with a safety and security audit required by Section 37.108(b), a safety and security audit report required by Section 37.108(c), or another report required to be submitted by the district to the Texas School Safety Center; and

  • (3) review each report required to be submitted by the district to the Texas School Safety Center to ensure that the report contains accurate and complete information regarding each campus, facility, or support service in accordance with criteria established by the center.

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