The Secure School Alliance conducted a comprehensive public domain scan of state legislation related to all aspects of school safety and security, including: 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. This work was completed with the support of the Police Foundation and Dr. Erroll Southers.


Promising Practices

● Requires school districts to have a school safety, readiness, and incident management plan that adopts NMS and ICS and—to the extent possible—coordinates with statewide or local emergency operation plans

● Requires schools to conduct a written evaluation following coordinated exercises of the safety plan and certain incidents to identify and address lessons learned and take corrective actions in updating response plans

● Requires schools to adopt written procedures for communicating with local law enforcement, community emergency services, parents, students, and the media in the event of critical incidents

● Requires key emergency school personnel to be trained in emergency management and school district employee safety and incident management training

● Requires annual school building inspections

State of Colorado

The legislative review utilized open source research, and encompasses all legislation that was officially codified by January 13, 2017.

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