EBCA – Crisis Prevention and Emergency Response Plans

Category:  Recommended                 Related Policies: ADD, EB, EBCD, EG, JICK & JLCJA

            Related Administrative Procedures: EBCA-R & EG-R

The Board recognizes that schools are subject to a number of potentially dangerous events, such as natural disasters, industrial accidents, acts of terrorism, and other violent events.  No school is immune from these events no matter the size or location.  The Board is committed to the prevention of these events, to the extent possible, in the schools and at school-sponsored activities.

  • Site-specific Emergency Operations Plan (RSA 189:64)Each school shall develop a site-specific school emergency operations plan (“EOP”) based on and conforming with the Incident Command System and the National Incident Management System and pursuant to RSA 189:64. 

Each Emergency Operations Plan will address hazards as including, but not limited to: acts of violence, threats, natural disasters, fire, hazardous materials, medical emergencies, and other hazards deemed necessary by the School Board or local emergency authorities.

School building principals shall annually review their site-specific EOP and submit updated plans (or report of no changes) to the Superintendent or designee for review by August 1.

If, after such review, the plan remains unchanged, then the Superintendent or designee in conjunction with the building principal shall notify the New Hampshire Department of Safety and/or the New Hampshire Department of Education by October 15 that the plan is unchanged. If an Emergency Operations Plan is updated/revised, the Superintendent or designee in conjunction with the building principal shall submit the updated Emergency Operations Plan to the Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management of the Department of Safety by October 15.

All-hazard and fire evacuation drills shall be conducted annually pursuant to Board policy EBCB.

  • District-wide Crisis Prevention and Response Plan.

The Superintendent, in consultation with appropriate personnel, and in coordination with local emergency authorities, shall develop a District-wide Crisis Prevention and Response Plan (the “District Crisis Plan”). The District Crisis Plan shall serve as a compilation of each site-specific Emergency Operations Plan for each District school and shall include the current Sports Injury Emergency Action Plan as required under Board policy JLCJA and RSA 200:40-c.

The District-wide Crisis Plan will include provisions addressing coordination of crisis prevention and responses between and among the different schools, grounds, school buses, and other facilities of the District.

The District Crisis Plan shall be updated and provided to the Board for review by October 31 each year (i.e., after the site-specific EOP’s are submitted to the state).

  • Coordination.  The Superintendent will establish a relationship with local and state emergency services

(e.g., police, fire, ambulance, etc.).  Unless otherwise provided in a site-specific EOP, the District-wide Crisis Prevention and Response Plan or the District Communication Plan, the Superintendent, or his/her designee, will serve as the coordinator/liaison with these authorities. Additionally, the Superintendent should designate personnel to explore the availability of any training or support provided by the New Hampshire Departments of Education and/or Safety associated with risk assessment, crisis management, and other matters related to this policy.

Legal References:  

RSA 189:64, Emergency Response Plans

RSA 193-D, Safe School Zones

RSA 193-F, Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention

RSA 200:40-c, Emergency Plans for Sports Related Injuries

N.H. Dept. of Education Administrative Rule, Ed. 306.04(a)(2), Promoting School Safety

1st Read: May 16, 2023

2nd Read: May 16, 2023

Adopted: May 16, 2023