The superintendent or designee has the responsibility for developing and maintaining the district's
emergency preparedness plans and emergency drill schedules. The district will supply the schools
with safety equipment and train staff on emergency preparedness and violence prevention.
Operational guidelines and policies will be closed to the public when they are developed, adopted
or maintained by the district in its capacity as an entity responsible for law enforcement, public
safety, first response or public health for use in responding to or preventing any critical incident
that is or appears to be terrorist in nature and that has the potential to endanger individual or
public safety or health. Public interest in nondisclosure outweighs the public interest in disclosure
because disclosure would impair the district's ability to protect the safety or health of persons.
Emergency preparedness drills (fire, severe weather, tornado, bus evacuation, bomb threat,
lockdown, shelter-in-place and evacuation) will be developed by the superintendent or designee
in cooperation with the building principals. A sufficient number of drills will be conducted in each
building to give instruction and practice in proper actions by staff and students. Emergency
exiting procedures will be posted near the door in each instructional area. Instruction in fire drills
shall be given early in the school year, and drills shall be held regularly throughout the year.
The decision to call for and execute drills will be the responsibility of the superintendent and/or
the building principal. The district will cooperate and coordinate drills with other community
agencies such as the fire department, law enforcement officials, emergency medical services and
local emergency planning committees.
District Emergency Plans
It shall be the responsibility of the building principal, in cooperation with the appropriate
emergency preparedness officials, to determine shelter areas in the school building or outside that
are best suited for the protection of students from severe storms, tornadoes or other emergencies,
as well as determine the safest routes to reach those areas. In addition, the district will work with
emergency preparedness officials to address off-site emergencies that may occur, such as accidents
involving school transportation or emergencies on field trips.
Students and staff members may be retained for safety reasons at the school buildings or another
safe place during actual emergency conditions. The district plan will include information on
communicating with parents and instructions on how parents will locate their students in an
During actual emergency conditions, emergency personnel and emergency vehicles will have
priority near the schools.
Community Emergency Plan
The Board directs the superintendent or designee to recommend an emergency preparedness plan,
subject to Board adoption, to address the use of school resources, including school facilities,
commodity foods, school transportation and equipment if a natural disaster or other community
emergency occurs. The plan will authorize the superintendent or other designated school official
to approve the use of school resources to provide relief to the community if an emergency occurs.
The use of school resources under this section shall be subject to review by the Board within 30
days of authorization or as soon as reasonably possible.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this
section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures
and/or forms for related information.
Cross Refs: IC, School Calendar/Year/Day
Legal Refs: §§ 160.480, 320.010, 610.021, RSMo.
5 C.S.R. 30 - 261.010
Steelville R-III School District, Steelville, Missouri
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