KBS Reference Desk: Required Provisions for EOPs

Q:        I am in the process of reviewing our Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) in preparation for the upcoming school year. Are there any new provisions that we should include resulting from the recent legislative session?

 A:        Yes! Senate Bill 11 outlined new measures for school safety and mental health promotion in public schools, and included eight (8) new provisions that must be present in a district’s EOP.

 Senate Bill 11 was the major school safety bill to come out of the most recent legislative session. It set out to tackle new facilities standards for ensuring safe school buildings, as well as new health curriculum geared at increasing awareness of mental health matters. Among the more concrete aspects of Senate Bill 11, the law adds new required provisions that must be addressed in each District’s “Multi-Hazard Emergency Operations Plan” (or EOP). In addition to the required elements of EOPs already in existence, the following new required provisions were added:

  1.         Provisions establishing the chain of command for decision-making during emergency situations, including who will be in charge if the Superintendent is not available during an emergency;

2.         Provisions addressing physical/psychological safety of students and staff while responding to dangerous scenarios (e.g., natural disasters, active shooters, etc.);

3.         Provisions for ensuring the safety of students in portable buildings (even if you do not currently utilize portables on your campus);

4.         Provisions for ensuring safety of those with disabilities during a disaster or emergency situation;

5.         Provisions for providing immediate notification to parents or guardians in circumstances involving a significant threat to students, with identification of the individual in charge of disseminating and responding to those notifications; [Note: We advise that “immediate” be interpreted to mean notification to parents as soon as practicable and safe. Law enforcement should be involved in determining when it is safe to alert parents of an emergency on campus.]

6.         Provisions for supporting psychological safety during the response and recovery phase following a disaster or emergency situation that address mental health of students and staff, and align with “best practices” in trauma-informed and grief-informed care; [Note: We recommend having your counseling staff review the specific provisions of this new requirement in SB 11 to ensure that your practices align with the counseling standards identified.]

7.         Procedures for providing substitute teachers access to campus buildings and materials necessary to carry out the duties of a district employee during emergencies; and

8.         The name of each individual on the school safety and security committee and the date of each committee meeting during the preceding year.

Senate Bill 11 does not require use of any specific language to satisfy each of the provisions above, however a closer read of the actual text of the law will be helpful when determining what parts of your EOP may need updating. You can find the full text of the bill here:

 https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/pdf/SB00011F.pdf#navpanes=0

Look to page 14, subsection (f) for general information concerning EOPs. Direction pertaining to whether your district requires board approval of your revised EOP can be found at policy CKC. For specific questions regarding compliance, we recommend contacting your school’s attorney.

Related Posts

Recent Articles

KBS Reference Desk: On Call Employees Over Holidays
December 17, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: Holiday Decorations
December 10, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: Removal of Library Books
December 3, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: Attendance Waivers
November 19, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: HB 103 Texas Active Shooter Alert
November 12, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: Remote Learning and ADA-Funding
November 5, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: CBD Oil
October 29, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: Temporary Custodians of Record – TPIA
October 22, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: Dyslexia Handbook Update
October 15, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: Peace Officer Legislation
October 8, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: HB 1525 PTO Donations
October 1, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: State Certifications Update – SB 13 & SB 19
September 24, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: Accelerated and Supplemental Instruction HB 4545
September 17, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: Active Threat Excercises
September 10, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: HB 1927 Firearms
September 3, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: Remote Participation in Board Meetings
August 27, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: Waiving Minimum Attendance Requirements for Seriously Ill Students
August 20, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: Inquiring About Vaccine Status
August 13, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: Temporary Suspension of TPIA due to Catastrophe
August 6, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: Standard for Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
July 30, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: Bullying Policies and Reporting SB 2050
July 23, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: Homeschoolers and UIL
July 16, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: TOMA Suspension Extension
July 9, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: Revision to Resignation without Penalty Deadline
July 2, 2021
KBS Reference Desk: SB 179 School Counselors
June 25, 2021