SB 187 Compliance Document
School Year: 2019-2020
Senate Bill 187: Comprehensive School Safety Plan Purpose:
The California Education Code (sections 32280-32288) outlines the requirements of all schools operating any kindergarten and any grades 1 to 12, inclusive, to write and develop a school safety plan relevant to the needs and resources of that particular school.
In 2004, the Legislature and Governor recast and renumbered the Comprehensive School Safety Plan provisions in SB 719 and AB 115. It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting the provisions to support California public schools as they develop their mandated comprehensive safety plans that are the result of a systematic planning process, that include strategies aimed at the prevention of, and education about, potential incidents involving crime and violence on school campuses.
The historical requirement of the Comprehensive School Safety Plan was presented in Senate Bill 187, which was approved by the Governor and chaptered in 1997. This legislation contained a sunset clause that stated that this legislation would remain in effect only until January I, 2000. Senate Bill 334 was approved and chaptered in 1999 and perpetuated this legislation under the requirement of the initial legislation.
Comprehensive School Safety Plans are required under SB 719 & AB 115 and contains the following elements:
Assessment of school crime committed on school campuses and at school-related functions
• Child abuse reporting procedures
• Disaster procedures
• Suspension and expulsion policies
• Procedures to notify teachers of dangerous pupils
• Discrimination and harassment policies
• School-wide dress code policies
• Procedures for safe ingress and egress
• Policies enacted to maintain a safe and orderly environment
• Rules and procedures on school discipline
• Hate crime reporting procedures
The Comprehensive School Safety Plan will be reviewed and updated by March 1st every year. By July of each year, the school will report on the status of its school safety plan including a description of its key elements in the annual school accountability report card (SARC).
A hard copy of the Comprehensive School Safety Plan is available for review in the Front Office. Links to school SARC and Safety Plans can be found in the district local control accountability plan (LCAP) as well as the school plan for student achievement (SPSA). Safety plans are also available on the school website.
MHUSD School Safety Plan Vision
The MHUSD Student Code of Conduct Handbook
The district wants to ensure that all students are able to learn in a safe and conducive learning environment. The details of many of the policies listed in this plan can be found in the District Student and Parent Rights and Responsibilities Handbook linked here in English and in Spanish.
Assessment of School Safety
The School Administration reviews the Safety Plan with the School Site Council annually. Administration consults with the School Resource Officer, Fire, and other emergency agencies to ensure that current protocols are available and communicated. Schools sites review Office referrals, attendance and suspensions and expulsions. That information can be found here: Assessments data
Emergency Evacuation Map: Map Link
Alternative Sites for Off-Site Evacuations:
This Evacuation site is within .5 miles of the radius of our school: the most immediate evacuation site
This Evacuation site is within 3 miles of the radius of our school: the secondary evacuation site
This Evacuation site is within 10 miles of the radius of our school
Los Paseos Park
Strategies and Programs to Provide and Maintain a high level of Safety (EC 32281(a)1, items A-J)
It is a priority of the administration and staff in the Morgan Hill School District that every student who attends our schools will have an environment that is physically safe with a positive school climate. This includes all venues and hours, inside or outside the classroom, coming or going to school, as well as at school-related activities.
Our administration and staff work to provide an orderly, caring, and nondiscriminatory learning environment where all students can feel comfortable and take pride in their school and their achievements. This includes teaching students the values of equality, human dignity, mutual respect, and to employ cooperative learning strategies that foster positive interactions among students from diverse backgrounds.Students shall have opportunities to voice their concerns about school policies and practices and to share responsibility for solving problems that affect their school. Staff shall encourage and reward success, achievement, participation in community projects, and positive student conduct.
Our school district promotes nonviolent conflict resolution techniques to encourage attitudes and behaviors that foster harmonious relations. Staff shall receive training to implement and support conflict resolution (California Education Code Sections 32228 – 3228.6, 35160, 35160.1, 44806).
All staff members are ‘mandated reporters’ and are required by law to report to County Child Protective Services when child abuse is suspected. Responsibilities include making an initial phone report followed by a written report within 36 hours. These duties may not be delegated to others. Our Board Policy and Administrative Regulations for Child Abuse Reporting can be found at BP 5141.1 and AR 5141.1
(B) Disaster Procedures (EC 35295-35297)
Morgan Hill Unified School District will take all necessary measures to keep students, staff, and visitors safe in the event of a disaster. Response incorporates strategies of the Incident Command System, the Standardized Emergency Management System and the National Incident Management System.
Maps out specific evacuation procedures within the school building disaster plan.
Provides guidance for emergency response to a variety of potential hazards and incidents, including duck and cover procedures following an earthquake.
Identifies emergency response training and exercise opportunities for students and staff.
Public Agency Use of School Buildings for Emergency Shelters
Morgan Hill Unified School District coordinates with the Santa Clara County American Red Cross through the local interagency Incident Command Center located at the Morgan Hill Police station. School facilities may be used as mass care and welfare shelters during an emergency.
(C) School Suspension, Expulsion, and Mandatory Expulsion Guidelines
The Morgan Hill Unified School District’s Suspension/Due Process Policy is consistent with the California Education Code. Schools have jurisdiction at school, at school activities, or coming or going to school activities and will provide students the opportunity to relate their “side of the story” and have it investigated prior to disciplinary action. Disciplinary policies and procedures can be referenced here: Board Policy 5144.1 and AR 5144.1 or EC 48900-48927
(D) Procedures to prepare employees for emergency response and to notify teachers of dangerous pupils (EC 49079)
The Morgan Hill Unified School District’s policies for emergency training and the notification of teachers of dangerous students are consistent with education code and can be referenced here: BP 4158, BP 4258, and BP 4358)
(E) Sexual Harassment Policies (EC 212.6 (b))
(F) School-wide dress code Relating to gang-related apparel (EC 35183):
The Governing Board believes that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment. The Board expects students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate. Students' clothing must not present or promote a health or safety hazard or a distraction which would interfere with the educational process. References: Board policy 5132, Link to site Student Handbook for specific dress codes for your site.
(G) Procedure for Safe Ingress and Egress of Pupils, Parents, and Staff to and from School (EC 35294.2)
Morgan Hill Unified takes pride in our mission to provide a safe environment for all students, parents, and school employees. Our School will ensure safe ingress and egress to and from the school for pupils, parents, and school employees. Safe ingress and egress will be maintained by periodic reviews of the procedures for ingress and egress. The school will ensure that all passageways to and from school buildings, corridors within school buildings and emergency exits remain clear of all obstruction to allow the flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The school will also ensure that potential obstructions and hazards are removed from such areas. To achieve this goal, the school works closely with local law enforcement, fire, and city agencies to ensure safe access.
A large majority of students arrive and leave school in private vehicles. Students arriving or departing from school must use the designated loading and unloading zone(s). A crosswalk is provided for access to the parking areas.
(H) A Safe and Orderly School Environment Conducive to Learning (EC 35294.2). School goals are set to have continual improvement in school physical and social-emotional safety.
School rules exist for the purpose of facilitating a safe learning environment. To review the school’s code of conduct please visit: Code of Conduct
(J) Hate Crime Reporting Procedures and Policies
MHUSD is committed to providing a safe learning environment that protects students from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, and other behavior motivated by a person's hostility towards another person's real or perceived ethnicity, national origin, immigrant status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, age, disability, or any other physical or cultural characteristics. The Morgan Hill Unified School District’s Hate crime policies can be found here: BP 5145.9
Safety Plan Review, Evaluation and Amendment Procedures
Safety Plan evaluation and revision record
To be effective, emergency plans need to be updated frequently and consistently. Site principals are required to assign personnel to update this Emergency Operations Plan on at least an annual basis.
Safety Plan Committee Members
Revisions or Updates on Plan
Safety Plan Review, Evaluation and Amendment Procedures
Record of Emergency Response Training
It is the responsibility of the principal to ensure adequate training of staff, students and parents, using resources provided by the District, the community and/or the school itself.
Emergency Contact Information
Communication with schools and facilities:
In the event the threat is immediate or imminent, personnel should be directed to follow emergency procedures established in this plan and located here: Communicating with parents and community, Local Emergency Numbers
School Staff Emergency Contacts
District Emergency Contacts
Incident Command System (ICS) for schools
Incident Command System (ICS) for schools
Types of Emergencies and Specific Procedures:
Morgan Hill Unified School District takes all safety concerns seriously and wants to ensure that every school site is prepared for a variety of emergencies and disasters.
Quick Reference Guides for Specific Emergencies are linked here: