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Respond to General Emergencies

Overview

Districts and schools will continue to respond to general emergencies, including child abuse reporting, evacuation plans, and crisis intervention.


Required: An entity is legally bound to do, as required by federal or state law, executive orders, state/local public health orders, state board rule, or in the case of waivers, expectations that the state board requires in exchange for waiving a state law or rule. Executive orders and public health orders could change over the next months as we learn more about COVID-19 and receive updated epidemiological data.
  • Continue child abuse reporting process.
    • C.R.S. 19-3-304 requires educators who have "reasonable cause to know or suspect that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect" or who have "observed the child being subjected to circumstances or conditions that would reasonably result in abuse or neglect" to report that information to the local law enforcement agency or through the child abuse reporting hotline system as set forth in section C.R.S. 26-5-111.
Guidance provides recommendations for “how to” implement a statute or rule. These recommendations in this toolkit are based on best practice and provide direction for how to operationalize the requirements set forth in various executive orders and public health orders. All efforts should be made to follow the recommendations when feasible.
  • Establish safe distancing protocols for fire drills, evacuation and shelter in place planning.
  • ​Identify staff with CPI/QBS or other crisis Intervention training to assist with behavioral and emotional emergency responses.