R277. Education, Administration.
R277-400. School Facility Emergency and Safety.
R277-400-1. Authority and Purpose.
(1) This rule is authorized by:
(a) Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3 which vests general control and supervision of public education in the Board; and
(b) Subsection 53E-3-401(4), which allows the Board to make rules to execute the Board's duties and responsibilities under the Utah Constitution and state law.
(2) The purpose of this rule is to:
(a) establish general criteria for emergency preparedness and emergency response plans; and
(b) direct an LEA to:
(i) develop prevention, intervention, and response measures; and
(ii) prepare staff and students to respond promptly and appropriately to school emergencies; and
(c) protect the health and safety of all students.
(1) "Crisis" means an event that leads to physical or emotional distress;
(2) "Crisis Response" means a protocol for the actions to take and individuals to involve following a crisis event.
(3) "Elementary School" means a school with grades K-6.
(4) "Emergency" means a natural or man-made disaster, accident, act of war, or other circumstance that could reasonably endanger the safety of school children or disrupt the operation of the school.
(5) "Emergency Preparedness Plan" means policies and procedures developed to promote the safety and welfare of students, protect school property, or regulate the operation of schools during an emergency occurring within an LEA or a school.
(6) "Emergency Response Plan" means a plan developed by an LEA or a school to prepare and protect students and staff in the event of school violence emergencies.
(7) "LEA" includes, for purposes of this rule, the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.
(8) "Plan(s)" means an LEA's or a school's emergency preparedness and emergency response plan.
(9) "Safe Messaging" means strategies and styles for communicating about the topic of suicide.
(10) "SafeUT" means the crisis line established in Section 53B-17-1202;
(11) "Secondary School" means a school with any of the grades 7-12.
R277-400-3. Establishing LEA Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Response Plans.
(1) By July 1 of each year, an LEA shall certify to the Superintendent that the LEA's emergency preparedness and emergency response plan has been:
(a) practiced at the school level; and
(b) presented to and reviewed by its teachers, administrators, students and guardians, local law enforcement, and public safety representatives consistent with Subsection 53G-4-402(18).
(2)(a) An LEA's plans shall be designed to meet individual school needs and features.
(b) An LEA may direct schools within the LEA to develop and implement individual plans.
(3)(a) An LEA shall appoint a committee to prepare or modify plans to satisfy this Rule R277-400 and Section 53G-4-402(18).
(b) The committee shall consist of appropriate school and community representatives, which may include:
(i) school and LEA administrators;
(iv) community and municipal governmental officers; and
(v) fire and law enforcement personnel.
(c) The committee shall include governmental agencies and bodies vested with responsibility for directing and coordinating emergency services on local and state levels.
(4) An LEA shall review plans at least once every three years.
(5) The Superintendent shall develop Emergency Response Plan models under Subsection 53G-4-402(18)(c).
R277-400-4. Notice and Preparation.
(1) Each school shall file a copy of plans required by this Rule R277-400 with the LEA superintendent or charter school director.
(2) At the beginning of each school year, an LEA or school shall provide a written notice to parents and staff of sections of an LEA's and school's plans that are applicable to that school.
(3) A school shall designate an Emergency Preparedness/Emergency Response week each year before April 30 which shall have activities that may include:
(a) community, student and teacher awareness;
(b) emergency preparedness or response training; or
(c) other activities as outlined in Sections R277-400-7 and 8.
(4) A school's emergency response plan shall include procedures to notify students, to the extent practicable, who are off campus at the time of a school violence emergency consistent with Subsection 53G-4-402(18)(b)(v).
R277-400-5. Plan Content--Educational Services and Student Supervision and Building Access.
(1) An LEA's or a school's plan shall include:
(a) procedures to ensure reasonably adequate educational services and supervision are provided for during an emergency including an extended emergency situation;
(b) evacuation procedures that provide reasonable care and supervision of a student until the student is released to a responsible party.
(i) An LEA or school shall not release a student grade 8 or below unless a parent or other responsible person has been notified and assumed responsibility for the student.