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 every school to have an emergency plan that includes process to be followed in case of fire, severe weather, earthquake, or building lockdown and is reviewed following the end of each school year.

● Requires a diagram of the school to be provided to appropriate first responders.

● Requires the establishment of primary and secondary evacuation routes, that is posted on the door, for all rooms in the school.

● Requires identification of severe weather safe zones for each school.

● Requires that at least one severe weather drill, one earthquake drill, and one lockdown drill occur within the first 30 instructional days of each school year and again in January.

Commonwealth of Kentucky

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

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