New Hampshire

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 each school to have a site-specific, all-hazards emergency response plan that is based on, and conforms to NIMS and ICS, and is coordinated with local emergency authorities by June 16, 2019.
  • Requires that at least two of the required drills be emergency response drills with one of the emergency response drills being conducted within one year of the completion of the plan.
  • Requires that the plan be reviewed at least annually and resubmitted to the Department of Education if changes are made.
  • Provides for the Directors of Homeland Security, Emergency Management, and Department of safety to assist school districts in conducting training and supporting school districts in developing, implementing, and reviewing their emergency response plans.
  • Requires the Department of Education to set aside no more than $50 million each year in School Building Aid grants. The grants can be used to improve unsafe conditions, school security design and integration of security systems, and conditions identified by the state fire marshal.

State Of New Hampshire

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