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School Safety - Emergency Preparedness and Planning

Legislative Update

Effective January 1, 2019, Assembly Bill 1747 (Rodriguez), School Safety Plans, became law. This bill requires that during the writing and development of the comprehensive school safety plan (CSSP), the school site council or safety committee consult with a fire department and other first responder entities in addition to currently required entities. It requires the CSSP and any updates made to the plan to be shared with the law enforcement agency, the fire department, and the other first responder entities.

This bill requires the CSSP to also include procedures for conducting tactical responses to criminal incidents. AB 1747 may be accessed in its entirety by visiting the California Legislative Information web page at https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1747.

In compliance with this bill, the CDE provided general direction to school districts and county offices of education (COEs) on what to include in the school building disaster plan. The February 1, 2018, Annual School Safety Plan Update Guidance letter can be viewed at https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/el/le/yr18ltr0201.asp. An updated School Safety Plan Compliance Checklist for developing a CSSP will be posted on the CDE website soon.

Also effective January 1, 2019, AB 2291 (Chiu), School Safety: Bullying, became law. This bill requires local educational agencies (LEAs) to adopt, on or before December 31, 2019, procedures for preventing acts of bullying, including cyberbullying. AB 2291 can be accessed in its entirety by visiting the California Legislative Information web page at https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2291.

In compliance with this bill, the CDE has developed and posted an online training module related to bullying and bullying prevention, including cyberbullying. The Bullying Module—School Safety document can be accessed at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/se/documents/bullymodule1.docx.

Guidance

California Department of Education - Safe Schools

Provides training, resources and technical assistance to establish a school/community environment which is physically and emotionally safe, well disciplined, and conducive to learning.

2019 Guidance from State Superintendent

Comprehensive School Safety Plan Reminder, Legislative Update, and School Safety Resources

2018 Guidance from State Superintendent

Comprehensive School Safety Plans: Annual School Safety Plan Update Reminder and New Guidance
 

Crisis Preparedness

Provides training, resources and technical assistance in preparedness for, immediate response to, and mitigation of the aftermath of school safety crises.

  • Active Shooter - Information and resources for dealing with active shooters.
  • Bio-terrorism - Information and resources for dealing with bio-terrorism threats.
  • Coping with Tragedy - Helpful resources to assist schools in helping students to cope with tragic events.
  • Crisis Response - Helpful resources to assist school districts with the ongoing concerns of the mental health aspects of crisis planning and crisis response.

School Environment

Provides training, resources, and technical assistance in the establishment of a school/community environment that is physically and emotionally safe, well disciplined, and conducive to learning.

California Office of Emergency Services - School Emergency Planning & Safety

At the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) our goal is to provide you with direct and easy access to pertinent emergency preparedness information and resources as they relate to schools throughout California and the nation. We hope you find the information provided below as a valuable tool in planning for, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from an emergency or disaster.

 

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students has administered the REMS TA Center to serve two critical functions to support a safe and supportive learning environment for children, faculty, staff, and others. We build the preparedness capacity (including prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts) of schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education (IHEs), and their community partners at the local, state, and Federal levels. We also serve as the primary source of information dissemination for schools, school districts, and IHEs for emergencies via the REMS TA Center Website.

Training Opportunity TtT - March 11, 2019

The California Department of Education is sponsoring a one-day training by the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, on important Federal guidance on school emergency management planning to assist schools, districts, first responders, and school safety stakeholders in developing and updating their emergency operations plans. The training will be hosted by Marin County Office of Education.

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  • SPONSOR:    California Department of Education
  • HOST:             Marin County Office of Education, San Rafael, CA
  • TOPIC:            Developing Emergency Operations Plans K101 Train-the-Trainer
  • DATE:             Monday, March 11, 2019

Registration information and details for this no-cost training are included in the attachment. CDE is not able to cover or reimburse travel expenses.

 

Active Shooter Resources

Department of Homeland Security - Active Shooter Preparedness

Cal Office of Emergency Services - Active Shooter Awareness Guidance

REMS - Active Shooter

Active Shooter Template Policy (OES approved)

February Compliance and Prevention Forum Presentation