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.

New Jersey

Promising Practices

● Requires every school to have at least one fire and one school security drill each month, including any summer months during which classes are being held

● Requires teachers to keep all doors and exits unlocked, except during emergency lockdowns or drills

● Requires a law enforcement officer to be present at at least one security drill during a school year in order to make recommendations

● Requires all full-time employees to be provided with training—conducted collaboratively by the district and emergency responders—on school safety and security that includes instruction on school security drills

● Requires certain school security measures to be incorporated in architectural design of new school construction and certain school security measures for existing buildings. For example, new construction must incorporate interior door locks on spaces that will serve as safe havens during lockdowns and that have a keyless locking mechanism, shall be provided with access control systems which allow for remote locking and unlocking of all building access doors, utilize an access control system with remote unlocking features, an intercom, and fixed cameras at the school’s main entrance and for other entrances as funding permits, use surveillance cameras as a target-hardening tool, provide a dedicated server and generator for security systems in order to secure information and ensure efficient operation in an emergency, and use ballistic or shatter resistant film for glass entrance door sidelights and other vulnerable first floor areas

State of New Jersey

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

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