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Comprehensive Safety Plan

The Comprehensive Safety Plan, organized into eight volumes, provides guidance for stakeholders in the creation and maintenance of safe and orderly environments. It also clearly communicates the responsibilities of all stakeholders as school safety is priority one. Absent a safe learning, teaching, and working environment, students cannot achieve academically and will experience physical, social, and emotional consequences. Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) is charged with the responsibility of keeping its 112,000 students, 19 thousand employees, service providers, and numerous visitors safe.

This plan focuses on the procedures, behaviors, materials, and beliefs necessary to ensure the safety and security of all. It was developed in alignment with Blueprint 2.0, Goal 2: Safety and Security - Every school and office will be safe and secure, promote individual well-being, and provide positive, respectful, and caring environments for teaching, learning, and working.

Assumptions inherent in the BCPS Comprehensive Safety Plan:

  • School and central office leadership must support creating, implementing, revising, and monitoring the Comprehensive Safety Plan which addresses of the needs of students, employees, service providers, and visitors.

  • Emergency safety plans must address the specific needs of each school and office complex.

  • The Comprehensive Safety Plan must address safety concerns at all times and for a variety of events and consider before, during, and after actions and their impact on crises and emergencies.

  • The development of a Comprehensive Safety Plan is a collaborative process and requires collaborate oversight.

Our first Comprehensive Safety Plan explains how we create and maintain safe and secure teaching and learning environments.  The first three volumes are available online to provide an overview of our practices, our student supports, and our minimum expectations for staffing, equipment, and procedures.  The last five volumes are available for internal staff only in order to protect how we plan, prevent, and respond to emergencies.


Volumes I-III

Volume I: Overview
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The Comprehensive Safety Plan clearly communicates the responsibilities of all key stakeholders, as school safety is priority one.  absent a safe learning, teaching, and working environment, students cannot achieve academically and will experience physical, social, and emotional consequences.  This volume is available to the public.

Volume II: Student-Focused Prevention, Intervention, and Educational Supports
Student-focused prevention, intervention and supports facilitate the positive emotional, mental, and physical well-being of all students by creating safe and supportive learning environments.  Safety concerns often arise when students behave inappropriately.  This plan includes student supports that will enhance school safety and climate and it is available to the public.

Volume III: Routine Safety and Security Personnel, Equipment, Standards, and Procedures
This volume contains information concerning the personnel, operations, equipment, standards, and procedures that BCPS has put in place to keep students, employees, service providers, visitors, and buildings safe and secure.  It establishes the minimum expectations for assuring that schools and offices are safe for teaching, learning, and working.  Investments include security officers, school resource officers, surveillance cameras, door swipe systems and locks, a visitor identification system, and identification badges for students and staff.  This volume is available to the public.

Volumes IV-VIII
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Volume IV: Prevention and Mitigating Risks and Hazards
This volume includes protocols to assist the reader in the prevention and mitigation of certain health, safety, and risk management issues.  Its guidance, unless specifically noted, is directed to the building administrator.  This volume is available for internal staff only.

Volume V: Site-Based Emergency Planning, Practice, and Procedures
Site-based emergency planning is designed to provide emergency preparedness and response information and guidelines to protect the safety and well-being of all during an emergency.  This volume is available for internal staff only.

Volume VI: Situational Response Guidance Protocols
The protocols in this volume provide guidance for administrators in handling specific site-based emergencies and/or significant disruptions to daily activities.  The guidance covers any topic including an active shooter, bomb threats, fire emergencies, and social media threats.  This volume is available for internal staff only.

Volume VII: Critical Incident Response
When an emergency requires support beyond what an individual school or office staff can provide, a Level II or Level III emergency might be declared and the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) called upon for support.  This volume contains information vital to that process.  This volume is available for internal staff only.

Volume VIII: Continuity of Operations Planning
A standardized continuity of operations planning process has been developed to assure that BCPS remains capable of continuing essential functions across a wide range of potential emergencies and disasters.  The plan may be implemented when a recovery effort is needed after a disastrous event or at the end of the activation of CIRT.  This volume is available for internal staff only.