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Organization and Assignment of Responsibilities

Provide an overview of the broad roles and responsibilities of school staff, families, guardians, and community partners (e.g., first responders, local emergency managers, public and mental health personnel), and of organizational functions during all emergencies.

  • Individuals that the planning team may wish to include in this section of the plan are principals and other school administrative leaders, teachers, support personnel (e.g., instructional aides, counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, maintenance staff, school resource officers [SROs], cafeteria workers, bus drivers) and parents and guardians.
  • The planning team may also wish to include community-based organizations represented in the EOP.
  • The following is an example of the type of information that would be included in the plan to describe the broad roles and responsibilities of teachers during all emergencies.
    • Teachers will be responsible for the supervision of students and shall remain with students until directed otherwise. Teacher responsibilities include:
      • directing students to inside or outside assembly areas according to instructions provided by the Incident Commander or designee;
      • accounting for students when class relocates to an outside or inside assembly area or evacuates to another location;
      • reporting missing students to the Incident Commander or designee; and
      • obtaining first-aid services for injured students; and if trained and certified in first aid, rendering first aid, if necessary.

Describe informal and formal agreements in place for the quick activation and sharing of resources during an emergency (e.g., evacuation locations to a nearby business’ parking lot).

  • Agreements may be between the school and response groups (e.g., fire department, police department), neighboring schools, organizations, and businesses.
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