With the wildfire danger rising over the weekend, many residents in California will undoubtedly remember the devastating fires that set the state ablaze the past few years -- and might be preparing their own plans for emergency situations.
The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is one agency that is preparing the best it can should a similar disaster to last year’s wildfires -- or other types of disaster situations -- occur in the area. At the school board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, SRVUSD officials will consider approving a “Emergency Operating Plan.”
The plan looks to address a broad range of major emergencies that could affect multiple school sites, including earthquakes, hazardous materials emergencies, flooding, landslides, active shooters and other incidents that may impact the San Ramon Valley community.
The plan -- which is updating one previously approved in 2007 -- is meant to establish up-to-date policies, procedures and an organizational structure for response to major emergencies for every school in the district.
One of the key priorities in responding to emergency situations found in the plan is communication. Listed on the district's emergency preparedness web page, staff say should an emergency event happen, to not call the district or school offices. An instant alert system will communicate with members of the community who are in the school district's database, so staff encourage residents to make sure their information is up-to-date.
Residents are invited to come and participate in the SRVUSD Board of Education’s regular meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday 7 p.m. at the district offices, 699 Old Orchard Drive, Danville.
In other business
* The board is also set to review a series of items related to the completion of Stone Valley Middle School modernization project, which is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2019-20 school year.
In order to ensure that the project is completed in time for the new school year, staff say the district will need to approve direct contracts with several contractors who are working on the project in Alamo.
Funding for the contracts was included in the original project budget approved by the board in 2016, and will not increase the overall cost of the project.
* Trustees will also have a discussion reviewing the district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) -- which outlines its goals and strategies for the future of the district -- as well as the district’s proposed 2019-20 budget, and is seeking public input on both topics.
* Other items scheduled for the meeting's closed session -- and not open to the public -- include a performance evaluation of Superintendent Rick Schmitt, as well as other members of his executive cabinet, a conference with legal counselors over anticipated litigation, and a discussion on the appointment of principal at an unspecified elementary school.