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.

Pennsylvania

Promising Practices

● Requires each school district to have a biennially updated memorandum of understanding with local law enforcement filed with the Office for Safe Schools.

● Provides for grants related to comprehensive school safety, violence prevention, emergency preparedness and all-hazards plans—including updating such plans and conducting drills—with local emergency responders.

● Requires every school district to develop and implement a comprehensive disaster response and emergency preparedness plan.

● Requires every school to conduct at least one disaster response or emergency preparedness drill annually.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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

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