The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) has developed this website to help Local Education Agencies (LEAs), school districts and charter schools administrators and facilities personnel, along with those involved with school facilities, better design plan, build, and maintain efficient and effective school facilities that will properly support sutiable education programs for Utah children. while maintaining the appropriate level of safety and security. Included within this website are: the electronic version of the School Construction Resource Manual; related law and administrative rules; construction forms; construction and inspection-related references; lists of school construction projects; the electronic version of Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide for Schools; and much more.
All school construction, maintenance and operation must comply with all applicable building codes. The purpose of building codes are to establish the minimum requirements to provide a reasonable level of safety, public health and general welfare through structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation, and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment and to provide a reasonable level of safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations (International Building Code (IBC) 101.3).
The provisions of the codes apply to the construction, alteration, relocation, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal and demolition of every building or structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures (IBC 101.2), which applies to leased facilities.
Hopefully this information is helpful to everyone who uses it. If there are topics you would like more information about, or you have questions or concerns about any of the website contents, please contact Jenefer Youngfield at (801) 538-7669.
The 2010 Legislature Session, SB 2 Minimum School Program and Public Education Budget Amendments enacted that “Legislature intends that the State Board of Education develop a plan to create a website where best practices and studies of school districts and charter schools may be posted for the purposes of facilitating and encouraging innovation, cost-savings, and productivity.”
In addition to the School Construction Resource Manual being mandated in Utah Code (law) 53A-20 and Administrative Rule R277-471, it is considered best practice for the design, construction, maintenance, operations, safety and security of K-12 public school facilities in Utah. The tab Construction Resource Manual provides facility and facility safety related Best Practices information.
Along with the Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide for Utah Schools being mandated in Administrative Rule R277-400, it is considered a guideline for best practice, relative to Utah K-12 public school safety and security. The Safety and Security website provides additional links to information and examples considered best practice for school facilities.
If you have any questions about facility or safety best practice for K-12 public schools, please feel free to contact Jenefer Youngfield.
Information related to the posting information on the USBE website is outlined in the Best Practice Acceptable Use Policy.
The Utah State Office of Education (USOE) publishes this resource manual by authority of:
Major topics include long-range planning; the role and responsibilities of the School District Building Official (SDBO) and Charter School Board Building Official (CSBBO); school site issues such as size and location, pupil transportation into and away from the school, geologic hazards, environmental impact, acquisition and development, as well as coordination with the local municipality and county; plan development issues such as educational specifications, selection of architects/engineers, facility design, and plan reviews; value engineering and life-cycle costing; structural, energy; fire marshal plan reviews; the construction bidding process; the construction inspection process; and maintenance and operation of buildings after construction.
The resource manual is comprised of various chapters which are listed below:
Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide for Utah Schools
Emergency Compliance and Assurance Reporting and Forms
Please Note: Although school emergency compliance and assurance requirements are still in effect, the detailed reporting required by USBE, of individual schools and school districts, was only required to be submitted in FY2013. Current reporting is included in the USBE "UCA Compliance" information in addition to emergency topics, and is reported at the administrative level to USBE. A copy of this form can be reviewed by selecting the link below. The detailed emergency compliance reporting forms required in FY2013 can be used by LEAs to assist in meeting compliance, but, as noted above, are not required to be.
UCA Compliance and Assurance Form - Sample
Note: any school with both elementary (K-6) and secondary (8-12) students, must adhere to the elementary school requirements.
2014 School Safety & Security Conference
Emergency Procedures Plan for Utah Schools
Schools Seismic Safety
Specific School Safety Information and Samples
In accordance with Utah Code 53A-20-103, the following are links to the Annual School Plant Capital Outlay Reports:
Accessibility - Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
Building Safety and Security
A Practical Guide for Crisis Response in Our Schools: Fifth Edition
National Center for Crisis Management
International Code Council - Free I-Codes
Construction and Design
High Performing Schools (NCEF)
Facility Assessment Overview (NCEF)
Utah School-Site Geologic-Hazard Reviews
Utah Geological Survey
Energy Strategies for Buildings & Plants (Portfolio Manager) Energy Star
Maintenance and Operations
Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Guidelines for Retrofitting Bleachers
U.S. Consumer Product: Safety Commission
Planning Guide for Maintaining School Facilities
National Council for Education Statistics (NCES)
Utilities & Jurisdictional Information
Other Related Resources and References
American Society of School Business Officials (ASBO) - International
Finance: Making Better Decisions about Funding School Facilities - 1998 - Education Resource Information Center (ERIC) Education Commission of the States
International Facilities Management Association - Utah Chapter
School Facilities Information (School Facilities.com)