Arkansas

In 2018, the Police Foundation staff conducted a comprehensive public domain scan of state legislation from all 50 states and the District of Columbia related to the following aspects of school safety and security:

  • facility security and assessment requirements;
  • creation, and identification of roles and responsibilities for state school safety centers and school safety teams/committees;
  • requirements for school administrators and faculty;
  • allocation of funds for improving school safety and security; and
  • all-hazards emergency planning and preparedness.

The Police Foundation also reviewed legislation and amendments passed by state legislatures and signed into law following the mass violence attacks at schools in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas. Seven states—Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island—officially codified new significant school safety and security laws that address at least one of the aspects mentioned above. The legislative review utilized open source research, and encompasses all legislation that was officially codified by September 11, 2018.

The highlighted states on the map represent examples of states with comprehensive school safety legislation and promising practices.

 

PROMISING PRACTICES

 

  • Requires the Department of Education to create a Safe Schools Committee composed of teachers, administrators, school district board members, a staff member, school safety specialist, school counselor, and additional person knowledgeable in the field of school safety.
  • Committee is to develop model policies, procedures, and recommendations for school districts; recommend rules and regulations to State Board of Education for ensuring safe schools; and recommend necessary legislation to House and Senate Committees on Education.
  • Requires annual training for students and employees on school safety plans that include response to manmade and natural disasters and panic button alert systems and conduct active shooter drills and school safety assessments in collaboration with local law enforcement and emergency management personnel.
  • Identifies safe school training and education and communications equipment that may be purchased, subject to appropriation and funding.  

 

State Of Arkansas

SCHOOL SAFETY LEGISLATION

The legislative review utilized open source research, and encompasses all legislation that was officially codified by September 11, 2018.

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