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 a school crisis management and response plan to be developed by each school jointly with local law enforcement, fire, public safety, and emergency preparedness officials and reviewed annually.

● Also suggests input from students, parents, teachers, school employees, and community leaders.

● Requires the conduct of a safety drill within the first 30 school days of each year. No later than seven days after that, the principal of each school must submit a written report summarizing the drill.

● Requires that all classroom doors with locks are in compliance with all fire safety standards and are locked during instructional time.

● Requires in-service training for all teachers and school employees about the plan.

● Requires the local law enforcement chief executive to have a copy of the approved school safety plan for each school in their jurisdiction.

State of Louisiana

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

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