Continuity of Operations Plans: Policy and Strategy for K-12 Schools in the State of Florida [open pdf - 247KB]
From the thesis abstract: "Schools, especially those at the K-12 academic levels, have, to this point, not been viewed as critical infrastructure, which is especially true for the state of Florida. Consequently, plans have been slow to be developed that address the continuity of this level of education. This oversight would lead to a loss of academic continuity if a school were damaged or rendered unusable for any length of time, which could cause a cascading failure within the community, which has occurred in other states, such as Mississippi, Alabama and Missouri. This loss of such facilities has impacted both the economic and operational response to local disasters, which is especially important in those communities that by their very location, may be affected by disasters more than other locations. This situation is especially true for the state of Florida as it is impacted by numerous factors that could cause the cessation of academic requirements by law. For schools to maintain this academic continuity, Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs) should be developed. For the state of Florida, guidance is provided, and statutorily identified requirements are identified, for state governmental and university organizations to have COOPs; in the case of K-12 schools, it is not required or identified. This research explores what policy and strategy would be required to develop a K-12 academic level COOP, as well as those elements that would need to be included in its development."
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