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 schools to conduct one tornado preparedness drill and one manmade occurrence drill every school year

● Requires each school district to designate a school safety specialist that participates in training, develops and coordinates safety plans for each school in the district, and acts as a resource for other individuals in the district regarding school safety

● Requires each school to develop a plan and policy that addresses all hazards

● Requires that floor plans for each building located on a school’s property—that clearly indicates exists, interior rooms and hallways, and location(s) of any hazardous material—be shared with the local law enforcement and fire department agencies

● Requires the state department of homeland security (DHS) to establish minimum standards and approve best practices no later than July 1, 2017, for a school emergency response system

● Requires the DHS to establish emergency response system guidelines with input from the division of school building safety. Emergency response systems include systems designed to improve technology and infrastructure on school property that may be used to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from a manmade or natural disaster or emergency occurring on school property, such as locks

State of Indiana

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

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