Code of Maryland Regulations 13A.02.02.01-.04 Emergency Plans required MSDE to publish guidance for local school systems to develop and implement local emergency plans. The Guidelines were published in April 2013.
On April 18, 2017, Governor Hogan approved House Bill 1061 (Chapter 327 of the Education Article, Annotated Code of Maryland), requiring MSDE, in consultation with disability advocacy groups, to update the Emergency Planning Guidelines for Local School Systems and Schools to accommodate, safeguard, and evacuate students, staff, and visitors with disabilities on public school grounds in accordance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. On or before July 1, 2018, each local school system is required to update its local emergency plan to comply with the updated MSDE Guidelines.
Emergency Planning Guidelines for Local School Systems and Schools - Updated October 2017
MSDE guidelines for local school systems and schools on developing new plans and reviewing and updating existing school emergency plans.
MSDE worked closely with the Maryland Center for School Safety to convene a diverse workgroup of stakeholders, which included disability advocacy groups, parents, and State and local professionals. The attached revisions to the Guidelines are the result of hard work and valuable input from members of this group (see page four of the Guidelines for the full list of workgroup members). Each workgroup member was exceptionally generous with their time and supportive feedback. The completion of the updates to the Guidelines would not have been possible without the active participation and dedication of the workgroup members.
The updated Guidelines contain specific information that should be considered, based on current best practices, to assist all students, staff, and visitors, including individuals with disabilities, in the event of an emergency.
Deborah Nelson, Ph.D., NCSPSection Chief, School Safety and ClimateSpecialist, School Psychological ServicesStudent Services & Strategic Planning BranchMaryland State Department of EducationPhone: 410-767-0294Fax: 410-333-8148Email:
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