The School Committee hereby adopts the Yarmouth School Department Emergency Management Plan dated June 13, 2013.  The Superintendent and building administrators shall be responsible for ongoing development, in consultation with staff and persons or agencies with expertise in planning for and responding to emergencies, of this a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan that identifies and addresses all hazards and potential hazards that could reasonably be expected to affect the school unit and school facilities. 

The Superintendent and building administrators shall be responsible for ensuring that the plan is implemented in each school and evaluated on an annual basis and after each incident when the plan is used.  It is understood that specific procedures may vary from school to school due to differences in school facilities and the ages of students. 


As required by law, the School Committee will approve the plan annually.  Any substantive changes in the plan shall be subject to the approval of the School Committee.

The following information pertaining to the Yarmouth School Department Emergency Management Plan is considered public information:

A.            A description of the scope and purpose of the Plan and the process used for developing and updating it;

B.             General information on auditing for safety and preparedness;

C.             Roles and responsibilities of school administrators, teachers and staff and the designated chain of command during an emergency; and

D.            Strategies for conveying information to parents and the general public during an emergency.

Except as specified in paragraphs A through D above, those portions of the Emergency Management Plan and any other records describing security plans, security procedures or risk assessments prepared specifically for the purpose of preventing or preparing for acts of terrorism shall not be considered public information under the Freedom of Access Act but only to the extent that the release of such information could reasonably be expected to jeopardize the physical safety of school unit personnel or the public.  For the purpose of this policy, “terrorism” is defined as in 1 M.R.S.A. § 402(3)(L) as “conduct that is designed to cause serious bodily injury or substantial risk of bodily injury to multiple persons, substantial damage to multiple structures whether occupied or unoccupied or substantial physical damage sufficient to disrupt the normal functioning of a critical infrastructure.”

Adopted:  June 12, 2014

Reviewed:   May 28, 2015, May 26, 2016, May 25, 2017, July 12, 2018, October 10, 2019, October 8, 2020, November 18, 2021, November 10, 2022