State law encourages districts to implement building risk or hazard assessment protocols.
Utah Administrative Code R277-400-5. Plan Content--Educational Services and Student Supervision and Building Access.
(1) An LEA's or a school's plan shall include: (c)
- (i) as determined by a local board or governing authority, procedures regarding access to public school buildings by:
- (A) students;
- (B) community members;
- (C) lessees;
- (D) invitees; and
- (E) others.
- (ii) procedures regarding access:
- (A) may include restricted access for some individuals;
- (B) shall address building access during identified time periods; and
- (C) shall address possession and use of school keys by designated administrators and employees.
Utah Administrative Code R277-400-7. Emergency Response Review and Coordination.
(1) For purposes of emergency response review and coordination an LEA shall:
- (a) provide an annual training for LEA and school building staff regarding an employee's roles, responsibilities, and priorities in the emergency response plan.
- (b) require a school to conduct at least one annual drill for school emergencies in addition to the drills required under Section 15A-5-202.5 and R277-400-6 by October 1.
- (c) require a school to review existing security measures and procedures within the school and make necessary adjustments as funding permits.
- (d) develop Standard and protections for participants and attendees at school-related activities, especially school-related activities off school property.
(2) An LEA or school shall coordinate with local law enforcement and other public safety representatives in appropriate drills for school safety emergencies.
Utah Administrative Code R277-400-9. Cooperation With Governmental Entities.
(1) As appropriate, an LEA may enter into cooperative agreements with other governmental entities to establish proper coordination and support during emergencies.
- (a) An LEA shall cooperate with other governmental entities to provide emergency relief services.
- (b) An LEA's or a school's plans shall contain procedures for assessing and providing the following for public emergency needs:
- (a) school facilities;
- (b) equipment; and
- (c) personnel.
(3) A plan shall delineate communication channels and lines of authority within the LEA, city, county, and state.
- (a) The Superintendent, is the chief officer for emergencies involving more than one LEA, or for state or federal assistance; and
- (b) A local governing board, through its superintendent or director, is the chief officer for an LEA emergencies.