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Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools

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Overview of Safe Schools and Emergency Operations Planning
Fiscal Year 2015-2016

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.

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.


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 time frames 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 1 - Emergency Response and Crisis Management Program Information Overview

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:

Joshua Jorn
Chief Officer of General Service and Business Support
Monterey County Office of Education
Phone: (831) 784-4236 |


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