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 have plans and procedures for protecting all persons from natural and manmade disasters and emergencies, that are updated annually and provided to each local emergency response organization within the school’s jurisdiction no later than November 1 of each year

● Requires each school to conduct a minimum of two lockdown drills, two fire drills (within the first 15 days of each semester), two intruder drills (within the first 15 days of each semester), and two tornado drills (September and March) each school year

● Requires each school to document the conduct of each drill for at least three years

● Provides the board of education of a school district, through a majority vote, to designate school personnel who have been issued a handgun license to attend training to be authorized to carry a firearm at school. The board may pay all costs associated with the training

● Requires each school to establish a Safe School Committee composed of at least seven members including teachers, parents, students, and a school official to make recommendations regarding unsafe conditions and other issues which prohibit the maintenance of a safe school

State of Oklahoma

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

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