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 each school to develop a Crisis Response Plan that designates one individual as the on-site point of contact during an emergency

● Requires schools to conduct lockdown and emergency evacuation drills. Results must be recorded

● K-12 schools must hold two drills during the first two weeks of school. K-4 must hold an additional eight drills, grades 5-8 must hold an additional six drills, and grades 9-12 must hold an additional four drills

● Requires each school to have a comprehensive all-hazards emergency management plan that is developed in consultation with school teachers and staff and local public safety officials, fire, emergency management, and mental health

State of Maine

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

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