The Administration will implement
Board policy in accordance with the following
A. A detailed plan for
meeting a bomb
threat shall be developed. It shall be disseminated at
all faculty members and administrative personnel. Because the
threat may be voiced to them, secretaries and office personnel
shall have specific directives for gaining full information from
a caller, for relaying the threat to proper authorities, and for
securing telephone company assistance in tracing the call. The
shall include clear procedures for evacuating the school
searching the premises, and for the resumption
of classes. In most
situations, the plan will best utilize a fire
drill procedure to clear
buildings, thereby avoiding the panic
that identifying a bomb threat may
cause. Where intercoms or public
address systems are available, a code
word given to teachers may
distinguish between bomb threats and fire
B. Principals shall not ignore bomb
threats on the assumption
that they are mere pranks, because publicity
may encourage more
threats, or because elaborate precautions, including
of buildings and thorough search, play into the hands of
In a formal plan, a principal or other responsible authority
be given some latitude for the exercise of good judgment. If the
nature of a call or message is such that he is positive no immediate
danger threatens, there shall be the option of a quiet, unannounced
survey before a decision is made to evacuate a building or dismiss
1. The power of
is such that undue publicity or sensationalized reporting
to perpetuate or multiply bomb threats.
2. It is possible and often
desirable to play down or even to eliminate coverage of threats.
C. A phone call to a school or elsewhere stating that a bomb has
been placed in a school house or other Board of Education building,
where the caller hangs up without giving detailed information
may be classed a hoax or prank. It may have been to harass school
personnel, students, or other public employees who may be dispatched
the school as a result of the call. An individual having information
regarding a bomb and communicating such information to a responsible
school official should be willing to give full and unhurried information
and answer questions.
receipt of a phone
call by school personnel, where the caller reports a
bomb in the
building, the following procedure may be employed:
The person receiving such a call shall inform the caller, "I'll
connect you with the principal."
Whenever possible, the school principal will question the caller
attempt to determine: (1) location of bomb, (2) appearance
package, (3) time set for detonation, (4) description
of the explosive
material, (5) name and address of caller, (6)
If the caller refuses to talk to the principal, the person receiving
the call will immediately and personally notify the principal
all information regarding the call.
2. The school principal will
evaluate the information received and decide upon the course of
(depending upon whether he judges it to be: (a) possible
(b) possible real bomb in building.
D. Possible False Bomb Threat (Procedure)
1. Have the head custodian
non-teaching administrators and supervisors report to
office at once for instructions.
The head custodian shall be instructed to use his subordinates
conducting a search of the building without disrupting classes
session. Detailed instructions to the custodian are to be reviewed
advance to conserve time when the threat occurs.
All other non-teaching personnel are to be assigned familiar areas
By pre-arranged signal, all teachers are to scan their rooms (not
detailed search--do not disrupt or dismiss classes).
2. All school personnel assigned
searching are to report their findings to the principal within
minutes after receiving such detail. Assign search areas to
knowledgeable people and limit size to 20 minute capability.
3. Strange objects (possible
are not to be moved. If they are located in a classroom
occupied area, the room and immediate adjacent rooms
are to be evacuated
at once and will not be used again until someone
in authority can
examine and rule on the strange object. These
rooms or areas may be
reoccupied as soon as the object is declared
safe or after it has been
removed to a safe location.
Strange objects that may
be an explosive bomb should be handled only by
officials, such as (members of the) fire department,
civil defense, military, or other explosive bomb
5. Whenever a
is discovered, the police and fire department are to be
at once so they may dispatch personnel to the scene to render
advice and assistance.
E. Possible Real Bomb in Building (Procedure)
In any case where the
school principal feels that the "bomb
in building" report is
valid, in view of the willingness
of the informer to give detailed,
convincing information, the
principal shall proceed as outlined below.
This procedure is also
to be followed when an object suspected of being
bomb) is discovered.
1. If evacuation of the building
in his/her judgment the proper procedure, he/she should follow
drill instructions and procedure. Both the police division
department should be called if the school is evacuated.
manpower will shorten the search.
2. School personnel (teachers,
administrators, counselors, supervisors, custodians, and all other
school employees from the school) may be used to search areas
to them. The best and quickest search is made by people
normal objects and conditions in their work area.
3. Suspected objects should
to the experts to evaluate, handle, and process. The school
responsibility ends when his/her search produces a
He/she reports his/her findings and moves to
a safe distance.
4. All pertinent instructions listed under
"D, Possible False Bomb Threat (Procedures)" are to be followed
when a real bomb is discovered or one is believed to be in the building.
5. Try to
and discussion so as to avoid spreading the idea to
6. The assistant
teacher-in-charge during the principal's absence, secretary,
custodian should be informed of these plans.
7. Teachers and all other
employees should be briefed on their assignments, so that
respond calmly when a threat develops.
8. These procedures should
treated confidentially. Please do not post on bulletin board,
in a folder accessible to those who need to be acquainted
9. Since calls (bomb
are likely to be committed by a prankster, evacuating in every
instance may encourage such individuals to repeat these nuisances.
Each bomb threat call must be evaluated and an appropriate response
determined by the person in charge of the school.
10. No report of a bomb in
building should be ignored. The minimum response must be no
less than a
search by appropriate school employees followed by
a report to indicated
11. Remain calm as you
through with the predetermined plan. Review the procedure monthly
and have a dry run at least twice a year.
F. Telephone Threat
receiving a telephoned bomb threat should attempt
to engage the caller
in a conversation in which the following
questions are asked:
1. Where is the bomb located?
2. When will it explode?
Listen for possible background
noises; i.e., juke box, other people, etc. Was the caller calm
hysterical? Was any type of accent apparent in the caller's
Could it be determined whether the caller was a young person?
G. Miscellaneous Sugestions
1. One measure for reducing
frequency of bomb threats has proven effective: publicize
a policy that
all school time lost will be made up at a later
2. In instances of repeated
continuing threats, school officials may wish to publicize
the fact that
lengthy jail sentences can be imposed on convicted
offenders. (In some
jurisdictions the crime is a misdemeanor;
in others, a felony; check on
state laws with your legal advisor.)
3. Some schools have increased
security forces considerably in the face of bomb threats.
trained a volunteer staff, including faculty and students,
supportive surveillance of buildings.
4. Where threats are repeated,
classroom buildings may be searched every morning before classes
be locked when classes end.
Possible places of concealment
such as lockers and closed wastebaskets
have been removed as far
as it is practicable.