The School Act requires schools to be safe and caring environments and this means that schools and school authorities must adhere to their responsibilities under all applicable legislation. Please refer to the following acts, regulations and codes which outline the lawful obligations for emergency planning in Alberta.
An employer’s obligation to prepare emergency plans for employees in their workplaces.
A building owner’s responsibilities for emergency planning.
A building owner or manager’s responsibilities for the building fire safety systems and emergency plans and for fire related incidents.
Schools are required to conduct six fire evacuation drills per year, with three in the fall term and three in the winter/spring term. Schools must keep records of these drills.
A facility occupier's (tenant’s) responsibilities for protection of lawful visitors.
In addition to the legal requirements related to emergency planning, schools and school authorities must have policies and procedures in place related to safety for outdoor education and field trips, as well as a heath protocol.