In light of recent school security incidents, here is a small reminder to Fund members of their responsibilities related to emergency operations plans. TASB Legal Services has issued the following guidance regarding the sharing of these plans.
Q: Must districts adopt an emergency operations plan?
A: Yes. Each district should adopt and implement a multi-hazard 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 in conjunction with the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
The plan must provide for:
- district employee training in responding to an emergency;
- mandatory school drills and exercises to prepare students and employees for responding to an emergency;
- measures to ensure coordination with the Texas Department of State Health Services and local emergency management agencies, law enforcement, health departments, and fire departments in the event of an emergency; and
- the implementation of a required safety and security audit.
For more information, see Section 37.108 of the Texas Education Code and TASB Policy CKC (Legal).
Q: May a member of the public see a district’s emergency operations plan?
A: No. However, an interested person may request access to a document that verifies that the district has established an emergency operations plan, that the district has reviewed it within the last year, and that the district employees have been trained to respond to an emergency, among other things. For a complete list of information that such a document may verify for a requestor, see Section 37.108(c-2) of the Texas Education Code and TASB Policy CKC (Legal).
If you would like more information regarding emergency procedures for school districts, please see the full FAQ from Legal Services. The Fund offers guidance and assistance in developing emergency operation plans that meet State of Texas laws, guidelines, and audit requirements. If you have questions about emergency management or need assistance with your district’s EOP, please contact Melanie Moss, emergency management and security consultant for the TASB Risk Management Fund at 512.505.2868.