Annual School Requirements
1) As indicated in the VA Code below, four lock-down drills are required each year; two during the first 20 school days of each school session and at least two additional drills during the remainder of the school session, one of which will be the week prior to Spring Break for a total of 4 per year.
Code of Virginia § 22.1-137.2. Lock-down drills.
During the 2016 General Assembly session, the Virginia Code was amended to require every public school to hold a lock-down drill at least twice during the first 20 school days of each school session and at least two additional lock-down drills during the remainder of the school session. A school that holds two lockdown drills during the first 20 days of school and two additional lock down drills during the second semester will be in compliance with the Virginia Code.
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.
10) Anti Bullying - Stafford County Regulation 2404-R. Each school will complete and submit an incident report for each bullying incident, with the Office of Safety, Security and Risk Management within 48 hours of the incident.