6580 Continuity of Operations Plan

  • The Board of Directors recognizes that in the event of a natural disaster, the District’s restoration of the safe learning environment across a wide range of hazards is critical for students, staff and the community at large. The Board further recognizes that a continuity of operations (COOP) plan will ensure that disruptions to operations are reduced or minimized, recovery is timely and that the safe learning environment is reconstituted at the earliest opportunity.

    To this end, the District will implement and maintain a COOP plan with the following objectives:

    • Ensure the safety of students and staff;

    • Ensure the continuous performance of essential functions/operations following a natural disaster;

    • Protect essential facilities, equipment, records and other assets;

    • Reduce or mitigate disruptions to operations/education programs;

    • Reduce the loss of life;

    • Minimize damage and other losses;

    • Identify and designate principals, support staff and students to be relocated;

    • Facilitate decision making for plan execution and the subsequent conduct of operations; and

    • Achieve a timely and orderly recovery from the event and resumption of full educational services to all students and staff. 

    The COOP plan will address or include, but not be limited to:

    • Guidance on infrastructure recovery developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Washington Emergency Management Agency (WEMA);

    • An infrastructure recovery checklist that the District can use to restore its essential physical and organizational structures, services and facilities;

    • A list of offices or divisions of state agencies that the District may contact for assistance with infrastructure recovery after a natural disaster;

    • A list of state and federal emergency funding sources that the District may contact for assistance. 

    The Superintendent is authorized to implement procedures to support this policy.

    Cross References:  
    Board Policy 3432         Emergencies
    4000                                    Public Information Program
    4040                                    Public Access to District Records
    6955                                    Maintenance of Records

    Legal References:  
    RCW 28A.320.125          Safe school plans – Requirements – Duties of school districts, schools, and educational service districts – Reports – Drills-Rules

    Management Resources: 
    Policy & Legal News       July 2017

    ADOPTED: 5/10/2018

    rocedure No. 6580Continuity of Operations Plan

    Preparation for a natural disaster

    The District will develop its COOP plan using the OSPI School Safety Center Model COOP plan. The District’s COOP plan will be an annex to the District’s Safe School Plan, which is required under RCW 28A.320.125 to address emergency mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

    Response to a natural disaster

    The District may contact the following offices or divisions of state agencies for assistance and/or information:

    OSPI School Safety Center

    State of Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMA)

    State E911 Coordinators (by county)

    Washington State Department of Health

    The District may contact the following offices or divisions of federal agencies for assistance and/or information:

    U.S. Department of Education

    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

    Fire Management Assistance Grant Programs (FMAG)


    Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools

    National Weather Service

    Federal Student Aid

    State and federal emergency funding sources


    •  Public Assistance Grants

    • Hazard Mitigation Grants 

    See also required forms for all grants managed by Washington Emergency Management Division.


    • Disaster Recovery Center (DRC)

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    ADOPTED: 5/10/2018

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