Partnering for a Federal School Safety Strategy

What is needed to create a federal comprehensive strategy for school safety and security?

  • National Guidelines for School Safety and Security that include policies, procedures, technology and infrastructure
  • Encourage States to set standards
  • Multi-disciplinary National Center for Excellence for School Safety and Security as a repository of best practices and ongoing related violence prevention research efforts.
  • Establish a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) or National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) type team that draws experts from across the country to investigate school mass incidents.
  • Establish an independent National School Safety and Security Association, similar to or under the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that can consolidate and set school safety codes for industry.

What can Department of Education (DoEd) Do to Enhance School Security?

  • Permanent School Safety and Security Advisory Commission to set federal guidelines on school security and safety.
  • Issue guidance to allow use of Title IV funds for school security infrastructure.
  • Create a “See something Say Something” curriculum for K-12 schools health classes.
  • Create a school safety and security curriculum for new and existing educators. Urge states to include course in certification process.
  • Require safety and security assessments of all K-12 schools.
  • Require safety and security plans of all schools receiving federal funds.

Partner with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to Enhance School Security

In Partnership with Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) leverage new BJA funds to:

  • Form a National Center for Excellence for School Safety and Security
  • National School Safety and Security Association
  • NTSB or NIOSH type team that draws experts from across the country to investigate school mass incidents

Consider weighting school security grant applications according to following criteria:

  • Use of (non-sales generated) assessments
  • Age of school
  • Title I status of school
  • Average incident response time by local law enforcement

Partner with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to Enhance School Security

  • Elevate Educational Facilities to full sector status from sub-sector status under Government Facilities in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP)
  • Establish an advisory committee to K-12 schools.
  • Issue guidance to states on the use of programs such as SHSG and UASI for schools.

Partner with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to Enhance School Security Technology

  • Issue guidance to schools from the FCC/ERate program on how their funds can be used to enhance school security
    technology.
  • Create a special program that allows ERate funds to implement emergency communications systems in classrooms including hardware.
  • Partner with the Alliance in video production to educate schools on the use of ERate funds for school security technology.