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8.05 Safety

Chapter 8.00:  Auxiliary Services







I. The safety of pupils, employees and visitors shall be the responsibility of the authorized person in charge of each site owned or operated by the School Board. The supervisor of each site or facility shall establish a safety committee which shall be responsible for the promotion of a safety education and accident prevention program for that site.

II. Schools shall cooperate with the police, sheriff’s department, fire department and other agencies promoting safety education.

III. To assist in carrying out the responsibilities for safety, each principal shall appoint a member of the staff as school safety coordinator.

IV. No person shall bring on any School Board premises or have in his/her possession or in his/her vehicle any School Board property, any firearm, weapon or destructive device unless such weapon is required as part of his/her regular job responsibilities.

V. Student Crime Watch Program. The Board shall implement a Student Crime Watch Program to promote responsibility among students and improve school safety. Through a Board resolution, the Board will require each school principal to distribute information at their respective schools notifying students and the community as to how they can anonymously relay information concerning unsafe and potentially harmful, dangerous, violent, or criminal activities, or the threat of these activities, to appropriate public safety agencies and school officials.

VI. Promotion of School Safety Awareness. The Board shall promote use of the Florida Department of Education’s mobile suspicious reporting tool (“FortifyFL”) on the District’s website, and newsletters, on school campuses, and in school publications. FortifyFL shall also be installed on all mobile devices issued to students and bookmarked on all computer devices issued to students.

VII. School Environmental Safety Incident Reporting. The Superintendent shall develop and implement procedures for timely and accurate reporting of incidents related to school safety and discipline and shall provide training to appropriate personnel in accordance with law and State Board of education rules. The District will utilize Florida’s School Environmental Safety Incident Reporting (SESIR) Statewide Report on School Safety and Discipline Data to report the 26 incidents of crime, violence and disruptive behaviors that occur on school grounds, on school transportation, and at off-campus, school sponsored events to the Department Of Education.

a. The Superintendent must certify to the Department of Education that the requirements for timely and accurate reporting of SESIR incidents has been met.

b. School principals must ensure that all persons at the school level responsible for documenting SESIR information participate in the on-line training offered by the Department and ensure that SESIR data is accurately and timely reported.

VIII. Nonmedical School District personnel shall not perform invasive medical services that require special medical knowledge, nursing judgment and nursing assessment including, but not limited to, sterile catheterization, nasogastric tube feedings, cleaning and maintaining a tracheotomy and deep suctioning of a tracheotomy. Nonmedical assistive personnel can perform health related services upon successful completion of child-specific training by a registered nurse, a licensed practical nurse, a physician or a physician assistant. These procedures, which include but are not limited to clean intermittent catheterization, gastrostomy tube feedings, monitoring blood glucose and administering emergency injectable medications, must be monitored by a nurse. A registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, physician or physician assistant shall determine if nonmedical School District personnel shall be allowed to perform any other invasive medical services not listed above.

IX. Students shall be given information which encourages compliance with the safety belt usage law by means of appropriate courses such as driver education, health, and safety.

X. Eye-protective devices required in certain laboratory courses.

1. Eye-protective devices shall be worn by students, teachers, and visitors in courses including, but not limited to, chemistry, physics, or chemical-physical laboratories, at any time at which the individual is engaged in or observing an activity or the use of hazardous substances likely to cause injury to the eyes. Activity or the use of hazardous substances likely to cause injury to the eye includes:

a. Heat treatment; tempering or kiln firing or any metal or other materials;

b. Working with caustic or explosive materials; or

c. Working with hot liquids or solids, including chemicals which are flammable, caustic, toxic, or irritating.

XI. Career education courses involving hazardous substances. High school students must be given plano safety glasses or devices in career education courses involving the use of hazardous substances likely to cause eye injury.

XII. A child under the age of sixteen (16) shall wear appropriate headgear as required by law for any equine activity on a public school site. Students shall wear appropriate headgear when participating in an off campus, school sponsored equine activity as required by law.

XIII. The following emergency response agencies will notify the District in the event of an emergency:

Emergency Response Agency Type of Emergency

Okeechobee County Emergency Management Hazardous material, weather emergencies

Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Active shooter, weapon, threat, criminal act

Okeechobee City Police Department Active shooter, weapon, threat, criminal act

Okeechobee County Health Department Pandemic

Okeechobee County Fire Rescue Fire, bomb threat, EMS

Okeechobee City Fire Department Fire, bomb threat

XIV. The Superintendent shall develop and present to the Board for approval appropriate emergency management and emergency preparedness plans. Emergency plans shall include notification procedures for weapon use and hostage situations, hazardous materials and toxic chemical spills, weather emergencies, and exposure resulting from a manmade emergency.

XV. The District shall annually conduct a self-assessment of safety and security practices. Based upon this self-assessment and other concerns, if applicable, the Superintendent shall present appropriate recommendations to the School Board for increasing safety and security and the School Board shall take such actions as it deems necessary and appropriate to address safety and security in the District or at individual sites.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 943.082, 1001.41, 1001.42, 1002.20, 1006.063, F.S.

LAWS IMPLEMENTED: 316.614, 773.06, 1001.43, 1006.062(3), 1006.07, F.S.


HISTORY: Adopted: 09/08/2020

Revision Date(s):

Formerly: New