Annual School Requirements
1) As indicated in the VA Code below, two lock-down drills are required each year; one in January and one in September. Stafford County Public Schools School Board Policy 5905 also requires (1) one lock-down drill which raises the total number of lock-down drills to 3 per year.
Code of Virginia § 22.1-137.2. Lock-down drills.In every public school there shall be at least two lock-down drills every school year, in order that students may be thoroughly practiced in such drills. One lock-down drill shall be completed in September of each school year and one lock-down drill shall be completed in January of each school year. Lock-down plans and drills shall be in compliance with the Statewide Fire Prevention Code (§ 27-94 et seq.).
2) Fire drills are required as stated in the following code. Each school is required to conduct at least 13 drills per year as specified.
Code of Virginia §22.1-137. Fire drills.
In every public school there shall be a fire drill at least once every week during the first twenty schools days of each school session, and more often if necessary, in order that pupils may be thoroughly practiced in such drills. During the remainder of the school session, fire drills shall be at least monthly.
3) Tornado drills are required as stated in the following code. It is strongly recommended that each school have one tornado drill within the first two weeks of school and a second drill in observance of Tornado Awareness Day. This day is determined by the State of VA and is usually in the March timeframe.
Code of Virginia §22.1-137.1. Tornado drills.
In every public school there shall be at least one tornado drill every school year, in order that students may be thoroughly practiced in such drills.
4) School Safety Audit must be completed on line by the time determined each year by the Department of Criminal Justice. Generally the time is the latter part of September.
5) School Safety Inspection Checklist is required every 3 years and will begin 2014 with next inspection due August, 2017. This checklist is in conjunction with the Threat Assessment Team.
6) Climate Survey is conducted online each year for grade levels selected by the DCJS. This survey is generally completed by April 1.
7) Pages 7 and 11 of the Emergency Management Plan must be completed and returned by the first part of September. This date is determined and distributed in an LTP in August.
8) Each school will have a Threat Assessment/Crisis Management team meeting with documented minutes twice each year. These minutes will be forwarded to Safety and Security at the end of each meeting prior to October 1 and March 1.
9) At the completion of the annual Stafford County Fire Marshall Inspection, a copy of the report will be forwarded for review.