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 York

Promising Practices

● Requires every school district to have a comprehensive district-wide safety plan and building-level emergency response plans that are developed in a form created in consultation with the Division of Criminal Justice Services, the superintendent of State Police, and any other appropriate State agencies. The plan must be reviewed annually

● Requires both the district-wide and building-level plans to take an all-hazards approach that also details collaborative arrangements with state and local law enforcement officials, policies and procedures for contacting parents and guardians, policies and procedures for school building security including what devices will be used and how, and the designation of a chief emergency officer

● Requires annual multi-hazard school safety training for staff within 30 days of hire or as part of the new hire training program, and training for students

● Requires district-wide safety plan to be made available for public comment at least 30 days before its adoption and after at least one public hearing

● Requires drills and other exercises to test the plan in coordination with local and county emergency responders and preparedness officials

● Requires plans to establish chain of command consistent with NIMS and ICS

● Requires each school to provide written information to all students and staff, by October 1st of each school year, regarding emergency procedures

State of New York

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

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