School Board Upgrades School Site Safety Plans

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday June 26, 2007

The Berkeley Board of Education will be meeting at the Old City Hall at 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to renew contracts and agreements before they break for summer this year. 


School site safety plans 

The board will vote on whether to approve the School Site Safety Plans, which utilize various community, agency and school resources to ensure proper response to any emergency. 

Every public school in the state is required to have a school site plan which includes a school site safety plan, said Berkeley Unified School District spokesperson Mark Coplan. 

The safety plans deal with day-to-day scenarios as well as drastic incidents. 

“It could range from dealing with a potential bomb threat and violent intruders on campus to simple things like child injury in the playground,” Coplan said. 

The district’s resources for its safety plans includes the city, UC Berkeley and Alta Bates Hospital. 


Berkeley school volunteers, special education transportation 

The board will also vote on whether to approve a revised agreement with the Berkeley Public Education Foundation to support Berkeley School Volunteers. 

The Berkeley Public Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that brings up to $500,000 a year in grants and donations as well as volunteer programs to the district 

The board will also review information with respect to special education transportation services for the 2007-2008 fiscal year.