Clearly defined roles, responsibilities and expectations are critical in emergency situations.
The principal is responsible for over-all planning, the final content of any Emergency Response Plan, scheduling of drills, inviting police, fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to participate in and be aware of planning and drills, training of students and for the overall safety of staff and students. In an actual incident (not a drill), the police are responsible for management of the threat and subsequent criminal investigation, however the principal shall provide full cooperation with police.
School staff, and in particular administrators, have the overall responsibility for the training, safety and well being of students. Administrators during a violent incident have additional responsibilities in terms of working closely with police.
Students have a responsibility to be familiar with the plan and to respond quickly to the direction of staff during a crisis situation. Any student with information or prior knowledge of an individual or a potential situation which may result in a violent incident must come forward with that information as soon as possible. This is also the case during an incident.
Police are responsible to respond to and investigate violent incidents. During a violent incident, police will assume command and control of the response and investigation but will liaise and work closely with school administration and other emergency services, throughout the process.
Parents and guardians must be informed of the existence of this plan and should reinforce with their children, student responsibilities to follow directions during a crisis and disclose any information they may have prior to or during a crisis situation.
For further information on Emergency Preparedness, please see Policy # 6010 - Emergency Evacuation and School Closure