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School Safety and Emergency Resources

Overview of Safe Schools and Emergency Operations Planning

Fiscal Year 2022 - 2023

The Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE) provides leadership for the development of school emergency and safety plans through the Department of General Services.

The MCOE continues its efforts to coordinate a countywide effort to standardize procedures for crisis management and emergency response.

The County has adopted the training program know as (A.L.I.C.E) Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate to update our response mechanism for Active Shooter.

The Monterey County Office of Education and the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office have established a School Safety Workgroup comprised of the County Office Of Emergency Services (OES) the County Emergency Communications Center, Local/Regional Fire, EMS, and Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement agencies.

The group has developed goals and strategies to help enhance the safety of school sites throughout Monterey County such as:

  1. Potential partnerships for school resource officers
  2. Critical Incident training / preparedness
  3. Infrastructure security / hardening needs
  4. Surveillance Needs
  5. New Technology (smart CCTV, Shot Spotter, Emergency Alert Applications, etc.)

Comprehensive School Safety and Emergency Crisis Response Plans

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).

SEMS and NIMS have five major components for addressing emergencies across all sectors.

  1. Incident Command System (ICS): The primary management system required of all agencies in the state of California.
  2. Mutual aid agreements: Established agreements between similar fire jurisdictions, city and county law enforcement agencies.
  3. Multiple agency coordination: Allows diverse organizations to work and communicate together effectively.
  4. Operational Areas: Establishes overall command and control for the incident.
  5. Satellite Linkages: Establishes priority communication systems.

Preparedness

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

Planning

During the 2022 - 2023 fiscal year, the Monterey County Office of Education emergency procedures will be updated to align with both State and Federal guidelines for School Emergency Operations.

The Monterey County Office of Education and its stakeholder group has developed a new countywide initiative to develop and implement;
Safe and Healthy Schools and Communities Coalition (Coming soon mid 2023)

For more detail or to volunteer t assist with the plan update, please contact:
Joshua R. Jorn
Chief Officer of General Service and Business Support
Monterey County Office of Education
Phone: (831) 784-4236 | jjorn@montereycoe.org