Georgia

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

  • Acknowledges the “growing incidence of violence in schools” and requires every public school to have a safety plan with input from students, parents or legal guardians, teachers, community leaders, other school employees and school district employees, local law enforcement, fire and public safety, and emergency management agencies.
  • Requires annual review and submission to local emergency management agency.
  • Allows for public schools to request funding assistance from the state for installation of safety equipment as part of its plan.
  • Requires the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency to provide training and technical assistance to public school systems in the areas of emergency management and safe school operations.

State Of Georgia

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