The Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE) provides leadership for the development of school emergency and safety plans through the Department of General Services and interaction with the Office of Emergency Services (OES).
The MCOE is beginning the process of coordinating a countywide effort to standardize procedures for crisis management and emergency response. This will be a collaborative effort along side the Office of Emergency Services, Health and Human Services, the American Red Cross, Emergency Communications Center (911), and representatives from its 24 Monterey County School Districts.
Through these collaborative efforts, the Monterey County Office of Education will establish a multi-hazard emergency management procedure and protocols which will be available on our website.
Local Education Agencies (LEA’s) in California are mandated under Education Code 32280 to develop a comprehensive school safety plan that is updated annually.
The components of a comprehensive school safety plan include district specific administrative regulations and policies tied to safety, specialized instructional programs that promote equity, health and human services, and a school site and district level emergency crisis response plan.
A school site and district level emergency crisis response plan must align with the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) (as required by the Petris Bill, California Government Code Section 8607) as well as the National Incident Management System (NIMS), established in the wake of 9/11 as part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and subsequent Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD 5).
As a result of lessons learned from school shootings, hurricanes, terrorist attacks, severe storms and other multi-hazards impacting schools, President Obama signed the Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8) in March of 2011, describing a uniform approach to developing school emergency operation plans aligned with all other national preparedness efforts.
PPD-8 defines preparedness around five mission areas:
Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery
These mission areas generally align with the three timeframes associated with an incident: before, during, and after.
During the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the Monterey County Office of Education will be working to update its emergency procedures to align with both State and Federal guidelines for School Emergency Operations.
The action plan will include detailed procedures and instructions for all areas of responsibility outlined below.
Section 2 - Prevention and Mitigation
Section 3 - Preparedness: Developing a School-Based Emergency Plan
Section 4 - Emergency Response: Responding to an Emergency
Section 5 - Recovery: Responding to Trauma & Returning to Learning
Section 6 - Job Descriptions & Check Lists
Section 7 - Forms
Section 8 - Glossary
Section 9 - Resources
Section 10 - School Site Specific Information
For more details, or to volunteer to assist with the plan update please contact:
Executive Director of General Service
Monterey County Office of Education
Phone: (831) 784-4236 | email@example.com