Louisiana

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

  • 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.
  • Requires the Council on Peace Officer Standards and Training to develop and implement a School Violence Prevention Training Program within the school resource officer program.
  • Requires the POST to develop minimum curriculum requirements and certification standards to SROs

State Of Louisiana

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