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EBCA - Comprehensive Health & Safety and Emergency Preparedness Plan

 EBCA

The Board hereby adopts the Falmouth Public Schools Comprehensive Emergency Health and Safety Preparedness Plan. The Superintendent and building administrators shall be responsible for developing the plan in consultation with staff and persons or agencies with expertise in planning for and responding to emergencies involving health and safety. This comprehensive emergency preparedness plan identifies and addresses all hazards and potential hazards that could reasonably be expected to affect the school unit and school facilities.  

The Superintendent and building administrators shall be responsible for ensuring that the plan is implemented in each school and evaluated on an annual basis. 

As required by law, the Board shall approve the plan annually. In addition, any substantive changes made in the plan shall be subject to the approval of the Board.

The following information pertaining to the Falmouth Public Schools Comprehensive Health and Safety and Emergency Preparedness Plan is considered public information:

  1. A description of the scope and purpose of the plan and the process used for developing and updating it;
  2. General information on auditing for safety and preparedness;
  3. Roles and responsibilities of school administrators, teachers and staff and the designated chain of command during an emergency; and
  4. Strategies for conveying information to parents and the general public during an emergency.

Except as specified in paragraphs A through D above, those portions of the Comprehensive Health and Safety and Emergency Preparedness Plan and any other records describing security plans, security procedures or risk assessments prepared specifically for the purpose of preventing or preparing for acts of terrorism shall not be considered public information under the Freedom of Access Act but only to the extent that the release of such information could reasonably be expected to jeopardize the physical safety of school unit personnel or the public.  For the purpose of this policy, “terrorism” is defined as in as “conduct that is designed to cause serious bodily injury or substantial risk of bodily injury to multiple persons, substantial damage to multiple structures whether occupied or unoccupied or substantial physical damage sufficient to disrupt the normal functioning of a critical infrastructure.”

If a school board member or full-time school employee requests one, a steering committee, as defined by the law, must be formed to regularly review and refine these plans. If enacted, this committee shall expire at the end of the school year in which it is formed. 

MAINE SCHOOL MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION

NEPN/NSBA Code:  EBCA

Legal Reference: 1 M.R.S.A. § 402(3)(L)

20-A MRSA § 1001(16)

 

Adopted: February 28, 2022