School Crisis Management Plan Review and Certification
In accordance with the amended Code of Virginia § 22.1-279.8 titled: "School safety audits and school crisis, emergency management, and medical emergency response plans," effective July 1, 2013,
D. Each school board shall ensure that every school that it supervises shall develop a written school crisis, emergency management, and medical emergency response plan, consistent with the definition provided in this section, and shall provide copies of such plans to the chief law-enforcement officer, the fire chief, the chief emergency medical services official, and the emergency management official of the locality. Each school division shall designate an emergency manager. The Department of Education and the Virginia Center for School Safety shall provide technical assistance to the school divisions of the Commonwealth in the development of the school crisis, emergency management, and medical emergency response plans that describe the components of a medical emergency response plan developed in coordination with local emergency medical services providers, the training of school personnel and students to respond to a life-threatening emergency, and the equipment required for this emergency response. The local school board shall annually review the written school crisis, emergency management, and medical emergency response plans. The local school board shall have the authority to withhold or limit the review of any security plans and specific vulnerability assessment components as provided in subdivision 7 of § 2.2-3705.2. The local school division superintendent shall certify this review in writing to the Virginia Center on School Safety no later than August 31 of each year.
The plan shall include a provision that the Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Virginia Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund shall be contacted immediately to deploy assistance in the event of an emergency as defined in the emergency response plan when there are victims as defined in § 19.2-11.01. The Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Virginia Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund shall be the lead coordinating agencies for those individuals determined to be victims, and the plan shall also contain current contact information for both agencies.
Upon your school board’s annual review of crisis plans, and prior to the August 31 deadline:
- Access the Survey Manager;
- Supply the username and password as provided to you in the VCSS letter;
- Select the first button "School Crisis Plan Certification Process;" and
- Provide your initials or those of the individual acknowledging the completion process and select "Submit Certification."
For more information, please contact Donna Michaelis at 804.371.6506 or Jessica Smith at 804.786.5367
Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
1100 Bank Street
Richmond, VA 23219