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  • 1. MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT #62-6 1 SCHOOL POLICIES FILE: CRISIS POLICY PLAN CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLAN MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT 62-6 MOBRIDGE, SOUTH DAKOTA This document will serve as a plan of action for a collaborative team approach to handle a crisis in the Mobridge-Pollock School District 62-6 if such a crisis occurs. The key elements of this plan include the following: 1. Keeping our students and staff safe and out of harm’s way. 2. Dealing effectively and fairly with the news media. 3. Stopping the rumor mill (internally and externally). 4. Informing district staff. 5. Identifying the specific role of each member of the school staff during a crisis. This plan provides for crisis communication strategies, which include the following: 1. Procedure to alert and communicate immediately about the crisis, its management and our school district response. 2. Establishing a spokesperson. 3. Process to determine and verify the facts. 4. Follow-up information and actions to be taken by the district during a crisis. All school district employees must be familiar with the contents of this plan. In the absence of directives from his/her supervisor, each school district employee is authorized to implement prudent action to save lives and mitigate the effects of a disaster or crisis situation. In all cases the school district employee must notify his/her supervisor as soon as possible after proper care is administered to protect the school community. The Mobridge-Pollock School District #62-6 is committed to preventing crisis situations by providing for the emotional health of our students. Therefore, this plan also includes warning signs of trouble in young people and skills which staff can use to address individual student needs. Review Date: September 11, 2006 Adoption Date: October 9, 2006
  • 2. MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT #62-6 2 SCHOOL POLICIES FILE: CRISIS POLICY PLAN WARNINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS: Building Announcements: All warnings and or announcements will be given by the BUILDING PRINCIPAL. The building principal shall use his/her best judgment in the proper dissemination of information related to the specific crisis. Announcements to employees and students may be given via a written announcement, intercom message, or by human messenger. Students are not to be used in carrying out this process unless there is no other way to transfer the warning or announcement. The building principal will announce SPECIFIC ACTIONS that shall be taken to protect the safety and well-being of the school community as a routine part of these warnings and announcements. (Fire, Code Black and Tornado drills will be routinely held and instructions will be given in each building pertinent to these drills at the beginning of the school year.) Press Releases: All press releases will be given by the BUILDING PRINCIPAL. Press releases will be timely. They shall be specific in nature and shall not embellish the situation. Students shall not be interviewed on school premises. Cameras will not be allowed in the school buildings and the media will be asked to show consideration for the emotional and education interests of the students and their families. Employee Warnings and Announcements: Employees shall observe strict confidentiality in sharing pertinent information relative to the safety of the school community. Employees shall either inform the building principal or guidance counselor immediately if he/she is aware of a crisis situation that may jeopardize the safety of an individual student or employee of the school district. Disciplinary and guidance referrals shall be used under ordinary circumstances to relay information of importance about student behavior to the building principal and guidance counselor. Guidelines For Secretary: Calls or visits to the school referring to the current crisis shall be referred to the building principal. If the building principal is not available, the referral should be made to the school superintendent. Review Date: September 11, 2006 Adoption Date: October 9, 2006
  • 3. MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT #62-6 3 SCHOOL POLICIES FILE: CRISIS POLICY PLAN CRISIS MANAGEMENT Crisis Response Intervention Team: The crisis response intervention team is a group of concerned school district employees and appropriate community members from the Mobridge-Pollock School District 62-6 selected to assist in a crisis situation. Appropriate in- service training will be provided for the entire staff and a special training will be developed as needed for the team members. The building principal and superintendent will determine the extent of the crisis and decide on the severity of the crisis. They will decide if the crisis team shall become involved. The level of involvement will depend on the severity of the crisis. Crisis Response Team Meeting: The crisis response intervention team should meet soon after a crisis to evaluate the process and make any changes. The crisis response intervention team should meet at least twice each year to evaluate the crisis management plan. The building principal shall be responsible to schedule these meetings. Review Date: September 11, 2006 Adoption Date: October 9, 2006
  • 4. MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT #62-6 4 SCHOOL POLICIES FILE: CRISIS POLICY PLAN DEFINITION OF TERMS Crisis: For the purpose of this manual, a crisis is a state of temporary upset and disorganization affecting a person’s health, education, or welfare in such a way so that the person is restricted in his/her ability to carry out appropriate and expected functions and activities. Crisis Management: This is a process directed at securing or providing for the physical safety, psychological support, and/or educational assistance needed by those affected by a crisis so that they are better able to resume the function and activities normally expected of them. Networking: Networking means that the full resources of the community are made available according to the needs created by the crisis. Crisis Prevention: This shall include the programs, activities, and procedures intended to: (a) reduce the likelihood that a person will experience and/or precipitate a crisis; and, (b) prepare a person to cope with a crisis with minimal adverse effects. Postvention: This is the procedure to deal with the emotional aftermath of a crisis. Review Date: September 11, 2006 Adoption Date: October 9, 2006
  • 5. MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT #62-6 5 SCHOOL POLICIES FILE: CRISIS POLICY PLAN ROUTINE BUILDING SECURITY PROCEDURES: 1. Securing Exterior Doors: A. During the instructional day, all exterior doors remain locked except for the main entrance of all buildings. Each building principal will establish a plan for maintaining individual building security. Those security measures will be disseminated to all appropriate personnel. B. Custodians are responsible for limiting access to buildings not authorized for use at after school and evening activities and during days before and after school. Furthermore, custodians are responsible to assure that all exterior doors remain locked and operational. C. All advisors, coaches and school/community groups utilizing school buildings after hours and on weekends are responsible for re-securing doors, limiting participant access to the buildings, assuring that the buildings are clear and locked prior to leaving the building. D. No one is authorized at any time to wedge open any door to allow individuals access to any school district building. Review Date: September 11, 2006 Adoption Date: October 9, 2006
  • 6. MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT #62-6 6 SCHOOL POLICIES FILE: CRISIS POLICY PLAN PARENTS, VENDORS AND OTHER VISITORS TO BUILDING SITES: A. All visitors are required to report directly to the building office to visit in a school district building. (Employees must ask visitors if they have checked in with the office if visitors are observed in the hallways at any time. Employees must verify their contact with visitors in the building office either by intercom or personal contact as soon as possible). B. All visitors are required to report directly to the main building office upon leaving the building. The office secretary shall keep a written log of each visitor. C. Substitute teachers, student teachers and guest speakers must check in with the building office to be identified by either the office secretary or building principal. A written log will be kept of visitors. D. All visitors will sign the visitor log and check-in and check-out in the appropriate spot upon each visit. E. Each building site will install the necessary signs to assure visitors ready access to office locations and specific instructions within each of the buildings. Review Date: September 11, 2006 Adoption Date: October 9, 2006
  • 7. MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT #62-6 7 SCHOOL POLICIES FILE: CRISIS POLICY PLAN EMERGENCY BUILDING SECURITY PROCEDURES (CODE BLACK) The building principal will call for the “CODE BLACK” if there is a threat of bodily harm to school district students and or employees. This notice shall be given via the intercom or by messenger. A. The following notifications will occur immediately upon implementing a “CODE BLACK”. -Law enforcement will be called concerning the threat/crisis with a request for a police officer to be present at the building site or sites. -The Crisis Response Intervention Team will be notified immediately of the “Code Black” if that status is implemented before there is a team meeting. -The Crisis Response Intervention Team will notify the appropriate entities according to Appendix A. -Notify student groups away from the building site about their return to the building site. (Under a “CODE BLACK” student groups away from the building site should not be returned to the building until directed to do so by the building principal). B. The following actions will occur immediately upon implementing a “Code Black”. -All exterior doors including the main entrance to the building will be locked. -An adult monitor will be assigned to the main entrance to screen individuals requesting entrance to the building until a police officer arrives to monitor the entrance to school district buildings. -All classroom doors will be locked by staff; only via the intercom will the door be authorized to be opened during the “CODE BLACK” status; classes will not leave the room until released by the building principal or his/her designee on the intercom. -Classroom teachers will take attendance immediately to determine if there are students absent from their classroom. Names of those students absent from the classroom shall be reported to the office via the e-mail. -The “CODE BLACK” status will be removed by the building principal once the threat/crisis is determined to have passed. -A “CODE BLACK” practice drill will be scheduled annually and will involve all agencies that could actually become involved in a real situation. A public announcement will be given prior to the practice drill to alert the community of the practice drill. Review Date: September 11, 2006 Adoption Date: October 9, 2006
  • 8. MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT #62-6 8 SCHOOL POLICIES FILE: CRISIS POLICY PLAN INCIDENT/CRISES SCENARIOS A. Response to person with a weapon or similar threat: When a threat of harm to students or staff is identified at any of the building sites by the building principal, a “CODE BLACK” situation will be implemented immediately. A “CODE BLACK” is implemented at the sole discretion of the building principal in emergency situations. If a staff member/student hears gun shots or sees someone with a weapon in the building: Do not investigate the matter-call into the office immediately to report the incident-give a description of the person and your location in the building. The building principal will implement the “CODE BLACK”. Teachers should lock classroom doors and keep students in the room and away from doors and windows. Physical Education staff and others in labs will take students to locker rooms or classrooms and lock the doors. (Unless already outside) All personnel will wait for the building principal to inform them —staff or students will not respond to any knocks on the door until released to do so by the office on the intercom. B. Armed individual comes into the classroom: Try to turn on the intercom to allow the office to hear the intercom. If possible, notify the building principal by intercom or messenger. Call “CODE BLACK”. Do as the gunman demands. Do not make sudden moves which could frighten the subject. Never argue. Take your time. Keep your students as calm as possible. Physical force should not be used unless someone’s life is in imminent danger. Talk to the gunman. Learn as much as possible about the individual. Keep the gunman’s attention on you, not on your students. If the gunman starts shooting tell the students to get down and lie on the floor. Try to take cover behind equipment if possible. C. Response to other crises: The response to other crises at a building site may be modified or tailored to fit the particular incident/crisis by the building principal and/or the crisis response team. Review Date: September 11, 2006 Adoption Date: October 9, 2006
  • 9. MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT #62-6 9 SCHOOL POLICIES FILE: CRISIS POLICY PLAN DEALING WITH SUICIDE/DEATH-CRISIS INTERVENTION This procedure shall be used to determine services available to members of the Mobridge- Pollock School District #62-6 who demonstrate suicidal thoughts, suicide threats, or suicide attempts and is to be used in cases of suicide or other deaths. The most tragic aspect of suicide is that SUICIDE CAN BE PREVENTED with early detection and treatment. This is especially true since suicide is usually a time limited problem occuring in crisis situations. Unfortunately, to many young people, suicide becomes a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Suicide prevention is everyone’s business and responsibility. All threats, notes, or statements are to be taken seriously. A SUICIDE CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM will be formed at each school building when a suicide related incident arises. The team should be composed of an administrator, school nurse, counselor, the adult person to whom the incident was reported, all of the teachers who have daily contact with the person at risk. The team will be augmented by members of the community as the situation dictates; i.e. mental health personnel, law enforcement, clergy, etc. The team shall evaluate the risks, make recommendations for referral, record the action taken and follow up. If suicidal behavior is admitted by a student, or reported by a student about another student, parent, or sibling to a teacher, counselor, administrator, or any support personnel, including secretaries and custodians, they should follow the PROTOCOL GUIDES (Appendix A and B) determined by the particular circumstance. Review Date: September 11, 2006 Adoption Date: October 9, 2006
  • 10. MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT #62-6 10 SCHOOL POLICIES FILE: CRISIS POLICY PLAN GUIDELINES FOR SUICIDE/DEATH CRISIS POST-VENTION In the event of a death of student(s) of staff in the Mobridge-Pollock School District, the following guide should be used by the staff: 1. Notify the administrative team. 2. Contain the story and protect the privacy of the family. 3. Verify the death and determine whether the death was a suicide. 4. Convene the Crisis Response Team to review plan of action. 5. Contact support personnel for assistance in helping students with their grief. (Appenidx E) 6. Prepare a formal statement to be read aloud to the students and staff. 7. Conduct a staff meeting before school begins to share with the staff facts of the death, the prepared statement and the plan for helping the at-risk persons. 8. Inform the media that information will only be available from the Building Principal or the Superintendent. 9. Do not allow the media to interview any student or staff on school ground during regular school hours. 10. Try to get things back to normal as soon as possible. IN A SUICIDE SITUATION, THE MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL NOT: 1. Allow anyone to describe the death as a suicide until verified. 2. Describe suicide as a heroic or glorified act. 3. Fly the school flag at half-mast. 4. Observe a moment of silence in the school to glorify the deceased. 5. Have a memorial service at school or “In Memorial” page in the yearbook. Review Date: September 11, 2006 Adoption Date: October 9, 2006
  • 11. MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT #62-6 11 SCHOOL POLICIES FILE: CRISIS POLICY PLAN DEALING WITH GRIEF The following information was developed to aid employees in understanding the grieving process. l. Grief is a natural and necessary reaction to a significant change or loss. 2. Grief is a healthy, human response to many situations. 3. Grief is the best way to accept your loss and help put it in perspective. It can help you face the reality of your loss, and recover and grow through your experiences. 4. Because everyone will experience a severe loss or change, it is important to understand the “process” of grief. Shock and Denial: Your first reaction may be to deny your loss. “This really isn’t happening.” You may also experience shock, or emotional numbness. It is important to realize that these are normal human responses. Soon these feelings will pass and you will be able to deal with your loss. Anger: When you lose something precious it hurts and may seem to be unfair. You may feel angry at family members, yourself, or others for not preventing the loss. You may also feel anger directed at the deceased for taking his/her life and denying you the opportunity to enjoy life together. Guilt: It is not unusual to blame yourself for something you did or didn’t do prior to your significant loss. You must remember that you are human, and there are many events that are beyond your direct control. Depression: You may feel physically and mentally drained and unable to perform even simple and routine tasks. “Why bother, thing will never be the same.” Small steps with high success will serve as the foundation toward becoming involved in life again. Loneliness:You may feel lonely and afraid due to increased responsibilities and changes in your social life. “I just can’t make it on my own.” As you create new coping skills for each new challenge and develop new friendships, you will learn to handle these feelings. Hope: There will come a time when you will be able to accept your loss. You will remember the experiences with less pain and focus on a future filled with hope. You will recover. ACTION STEPS FOR DEALING WITH GRIEF -Verbalize your feelings. Write them down. -Ask for help. -Accept help. -Do something special for yourself or for someone else. -Get plenty of rest. -Keep yourself in shape, both mentally and physically. See your doctor. -Establish short-term goals. -Develop long-range goals. Review Date: September 11, 2006 Adoption Date: October 9, 2006
  • 12. MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT #62-6 12 SCHOOL POLICIES FILE: CRISIS POLICY PLAN -See a counselor. DEALING WITH OTHER CRISIS SITUATIONS (These may include but are not limited to weapon’s possession, bomb threats, explosions, fights, harassment, natural disasters, hostage taking). Just as the school community should understand and practice fire drill procedures routinely, they should also be aware of responding to the presence of firearms and other weapons, severe threats of violence, hostage situations, and other acts of terror. The Mobridge-Pollock School District 62-6 will provide employees and students with knowledge and understanding to these realities in the following ways: -at least once each year provide an in-service to explain and instruct employees and students on crisis procedure and crisis prevention. (being observant, knowing when to get help, modeling appropriate problem solving skills, anger management, and conflict resolution). -review the school district crisis management plan with employees and students each year. -practice responding to the imminent warning signs of violence and instructing employees each year on what they might do to prevent violent acts. Review Date: September 11, 2006 Adoption Date: October 9, 2006
  • 13. MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT #62-6 13 SCHOOL POLICIES FILE: CRISIS POLICY PLAN CRISIS PROCEDURE CHECKLIST The building principal shall be responsible to address each individual act considered a crisis. The building principal shall be responsible for involving the Crisis Response Intervention Team. The building principal will use this step-by-step procedure after he/she has determined that a crisis either may occur or has occurred. This Crisis Procedure Checklist shall be followed in the order that it is written. ___ Assess life/safety issues immediately. ___ Provide immediate emergency medical care. ___ Call 911 and the superintendent. ___ Convene the Crisis Response Intervention Team and implement crisis response procedures and actions. ___ Evaluate available and needed resources. ___ Alert school employees to the situation. ___ Secure all areas of the building. ___ Implement evacuation or other procedures to protect building occupants. ___ Implement evacuation or other procedures to protect building occupants. ___ Notify parents and media to prevent confusion and misinformation. ___ Contact appropriate community agencies to prepare for networking. ___ Implement postvention procedures. CONCLUSION: Crises that involve sudden violence in our school community are traumatic because they are rare and unexpected. Everyone in the school community is touched in some way. Everyone in the school community can help prevent such acts by maintaining a reasonable awareness to the possibility of such occurrences. School safety is everyone’s responsibility. School district employees, students, parents and community members must work in harmony to provide a safe school environment for our students and employees. Review Date: September 11, 2006 Adoption Date: October 9, 2006
  • 14. MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT #62-6 14 SCHOOL POLICIES FILE: CRISIS POLICY PLAN Appendix A BUILDING PRINCIPAL Superintendent Crisis Employees Patrons Response Team Police School Board Civil Defense Director Media Ministerial Association Social Workers, Counselor Review Date: September 11, 2006 Adoption Date: October 9, 2006
  • 15. MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT #62-6 15 SCHOOL POLICIES FILE: CRISIS POLICY PLAN PROTOCOL GUIDE FOR SUICIDE CRISIS RESOURCE TEAM INTERVENTION AT MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOLS 1. Assure the person at risk is not left alone. Arrange for friends, teachers, counselor, or administrator to be with the person. a. If immediate physical harm is a potential, or if emergency medical help is needed, the ambulance/police/emergency number is 911 (or 845-5000). The hospital number is 845-3692. 2. Refer the person by contacting the counselor or available administrator. (SEE 1a ABOVE) 3. Counselor or administrator will interview the student at risk. In their absence, referring teachers may use S.L.A.P. or D.I.R.T. or another valid tool to do so (See attachment). 4. The interviewer will continue to arrange for the person to not be left alone, and will convene the crisis resource team. The crisis resource team, notified by the counselor or administrator receiving the referral, will meet to assess the risk and determine the action to be taken: a. parental contact will be made in all cases, and parental input will be solicited. b. referral c. other social agency(is) contacted (see index) d. in-house counseling e. informing all school personnel f. other **In the event that a suicide attempt or threat surfaces during non-school hours (most suicides occur during this time) and a school employee is involved, he/she will contact any of the community/school resources that are available. 5. If low risk is present, the student may be allowed to continue his/her daily schedule as usual. Contact of the school’s crisis team should be made and the case discussed. When the immediate crisis subsides, the crisis team chair maintains contact with the student and follows up any referrals with phone calls or other communication. Review Date: September 11, 2006 Adoption Date: October 9, 2006
  • 16. MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT #62-6 16 SCHOOL POLICIES FILE: CRISIS POLICY PLAN AT RISK PERSON IDENTIFIED EMERGENCY(911) Don’t leave alone POLICE(845-5000) emergency no emergency Ambulance(911) refer to counselor or admin Hospital(845-3692) for interview Emergency Agency Emergency no emergency Protocol Now in Effect convene crisis team determine risk high low contact parents contact parents don’t leave alone allow to return to routine referral to discuss monitoring options other agencies or parents Receiving agency protocol In Effect Follow-up & record contacts After crisis subsides team maintains student contact, follow up referrals, record events. Review Date: September 11, 2006 Adoption Date: October 9, 2006
  • 17. MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT #62-6 17 SCHOOL POLICIES FILE: CRISIS POLICY PLAN BOMB THREAT POLICY The Board recognizes that bomb threats are a significant concern to the schools. Whether real and carried out or intended as a prank or for some other purpose, a bomb threat represents a potential danger to the safety and welfare of students and staff and to the integrity of school property. Bomb threats disrupt the instructional program and learning environment and also place significant demands on school financial resources and public safety services. These effects occur even when such threats prove to be false. Any bomb threat will be regarded as an extremely serious matter and treated accordingly. The Board directs the Superintendent to react promptly and appropriately to information concerning bomb threats and to initiate or recommend suitable disciplinary action. A. Conduct Prohibited No person shall make, or communicate by any means, whether verbal or non-verbal, a threat that a bomb has been, or will be, placed on school premises. Because of the potential for evacuation of the schools and other disruption of school operations, placement of a bomb or of a “look-alike” bomb on school premises will be considered a threat for the purpose of this policy. It is also a violation of Board policy to communicate by any means that any toxic or hazardous substance or material has been placed, or will be placed, on school premises with the intent to endanger the safety and welfare of students or staff and/or to disrupt the operations of the schools. For the purpose of this policy, “toxic or hazardous substance or material” means any material or substance, including biomedical materials or organisms, that, when placed as threatened, could be harmful to humans. B. Definitions 1. A “bomb” means an explosive, incendiary or poison gas bomb, grenade, rocket, missile, mine, “Molotov cocktail” or other destructive device. 2. A “look-alike bomb” means any apparatus or object that conveys the appearance of a bomb or other destructive device. 3. A “bomb threat” is the communication, by any means, whether verbal or nonverbal, that a bomb has been, or will be, placed on school premises, including possession or placement of a bomb or look-alike bomb on school premises. 4. “School premises” means any school property, school buses and any location where any school activities may take place. Review Date: September 11, 2006 Adoption Date: October 9, 2006
  • 18. MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT #62-6 18 SCHOOL POLICIES FILE: CRISIS POLICY PLAN C. Bomb Threat Procedures 1. A bomb threat checklist will be located by all phones within the Mobridge-Pollock School District. The person receiving the threat, wither by phone or other means, will follow the procedures outlined on the checklist for the receiver of a bomb threat. 2. As soon as the building principal or superintendent is notified of the threat, they will notify other administrators and custodians that a bomb threat has been received. Administrators will then assess the threat and the building/buildings will be immediately evacuated. 3. Administrators will visit each classroom and occupied location in the building and will notify staff members to follow evacuation procedures as follows, unless it is determined that faster evacuation is necessary. In which case, the fire alarm will be activated. 4. Students will be instructed to evacuate the building through the nearest exit and to walk in an orderly fashion across the street or a similar distance if they exit from a side of the building that does not have a street. 5. Students and staff will not take items such as book bags or books with them when they exit the building. 6. All staff members will make a quick assessment of their work areas and hallways on their way out. If any staff members notice anything suspicious they will report their findings to an administrator or custodian as soon as possible. 7. Administrators and custodians will check the building to make sure all students are evacuated. 8. School staff will take students to a pre-determined emergency site for their attendance center. 9. Teaching staff will take roll to make sure that all students are accounted for once they arrive at a safe location. 10. Concerned parents or guardians should listen to KOLY Radio for information concerning the emergency situation. 11. A thorough search of the school buildings/grounds will be conducted by personnel arranged by local law enforcement officers. 12. After the search is completed, the administration and law enforcement will determine when to return the staff and students to the school buildings. 13. If it is determined that it is unsafe to re-enter the buildings due to a suspicious finding, the following procedures will be followed: a. School closing will be aired on the Dakota Radio Group and KLND radio. b. Parents and guardians will be asked to pick up their children (if they would normally pick them up) at one of the three locations. c. School dismissal time will also be aired so that parents know what time to expect children at home. Review Date: September 11, 2006 Adoption Date: October 9, 2006
  • 19. MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT #62-6 19 SCHOOL POLICIES FILE: CRISIS POLICY PLAN D. Reporting of Bomb Threats A student who learns of a bomb threat or the existence of a bomb on school premises must immediately report such information to the building principal, teacher or other employee in a position of authority. An employee of the school unit who learns of a bomb threat shall immediately inform the building administrator. The building administrator shall immediately take appropriate steps to protect the safety of students and staff in accordance with the District’s bomb threat procedure, as developed under Section C, and inform the Superintendent of the threat. All bomb threats shall be reported immediately to the local law enforcement authority, as provided in the bomb threat procedures. The Superintendent shall be responsible for reporting any bomb threat to the Board of Education. Reports will include the name of the school, the date and time of the threat, the medium used to communicate the threat, and whether or not the perpetrators have been apprehended. E. Student Discipline Consequences Making a bomb threat is a crime. Any students suspected of making a bomb threat shall be reported to law enforcement authorities for investigation and possible prosecution. Apart from any penalty imposed by law, and without regard to the existence or status of criminal charges, a student who makes a bomb threat shall be subject to disciplinary action. The administration shall suspend and may recommend for expulsion any student who makes a bomb threat. F. Aiding Other Student In Making Bomb Threats A student who knowingly encourages, causes, aids or assists another student in making or communicating a bomb threat shall be subject to the disciplinary consequences described in Section E of this policy. G. Failure to Report a Bomb Threat A student who fails to report information or knowledge of a bomb threat or the existence of a bomb or other destructive device in a school building or on school property may be subject to disciplinary consequences, which may include suspension and/or expulsion. Review Date: September 11, 2006 Adoption Date: October 9, 2006
  • 20. MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT #62-6 20 SCHOOL POLICIES FILE: CRISIS POLICY PLAN H. Staff Discipline Consequences A school system employee who makes or communicates a bomb threat will be reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities and will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment. Disciplinary action taken shall be consistent with collective bargaining agreements, other employment agreements and Board policies. A school system employee who fails to report information or knowledge of a bomb threat or the existence of a bomb on school premises will be subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment. I. Civil Liability The District reserves the right to bring suit against any individual responsible for a violation of this policy and to seek restitution and other damages as permitted by law. J. Lost Instructional Time Instructional time lost as a result of a bomb threat will be rescheduled at the earliest appropriate opportunity as determined by the Superintendent within parameters set by the Board. Time lost may be rescheduled on a vacation day, or after what would normally be the last day of the school year, except on days when schools must be closed as required by law. K. Notification Through Student Handbook All student handbooks shall address the District’s bomb threat policy and procedures and explain the educational consequences of bomb threats. In addition, student handbooks shall notify students and parents that bomb threats violate Board policy and civil and criminal law. L. In the event that the media requests information regarding the event, they will be referred to the Superintendent or his/her designee. Review Date: September 11, 2006 Adoption Date: October 9, 2006