3516 BP - Emergencies and Disaster Preparedness Plan

Business and Noninstructional Operations
Board Policy No. 3516
Policy Adopted:  September 6, 2018


The Governing Board recognizes that all district staff and students must be prepared to respond quickly and responsibly to emergencies, disasters and threats of disaster.  The district shall take all reasonable steps to prevent and/or mitigate the impact of a disaster on district students, staff, and schools.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop and maintain a disaster preparedness plan which details provisions for handling emergencies and disasters and which shall be included in the district’s comprehensive school safety plan. (Education Code 32282)

In developing the disaster preparedness plan, the Superintendent or designee shall involve district staff at all levels, including administrators, district police or security officers, facilities managers, transportation managers, food services personnel, school psychologists, counselors, school nurses, teachers, classified employees, and public information officers. As appropriate, he/she shall also collaborate with law enforcement, fire safety officials, emergency medical services, health and mental health professionals, parents/guardians, and students.

The Superintendent or designee shall use state-approved Standard Emergency Management System guidelines and the National Incident Command System when updating district and site-level emergency and disaster preparedness plans.

The Superintendent or designee shall provide training to employees regarding their responsibilities, including periodic drill and exercises to test and refine staff’s responsiveness in the event of an emergency. 

The Board shall grant the use of school buildings, grounds and equipment to public agencies, including the American Red Cross, for mass care and welfare shelters during disasters or other emergencies affecting the public health and welfare.  The Board shall cooperate with such agencies in furnishing and maintaining whatever service they deem necessary to meet the community’s needs.  (Education Code 32282)

 (cf. 1330 – Use of School Facilities)

District employees are considered disaster service workers and are subject to disaster service activities assigned to them.  (Government Code 3100)

Legal Reference:


32001  Fire alarms and drills

32040  Duty to equip school with first aid kit

32280-32289  School safety plans

32290  Safety devices

39834 Operating overloaded bus

46390-46392  Emergency average daily attendance in case of disaster

49505 Natural disaster; meals for homeless students; reimbursement


3100  Public employees as disaster service workers

8607 Standardized emergency management system


550  Fire drills

560  Civil defense and disaster preparedness plans




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