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.

Rhode Island

Promising Practices

● Requires each school building to be certified by the state fire marshal, health department, and department of labor and training, August 1 of each year as conforming to all appropriate state laws and regulations.

● Requires each school to conduct a school safety assessment in conjunction with police, fire, the school safety team, and any other experts deemed necessary every three years.

● Requires each school to have a comprehensive school safety plan regarding crisis intervention, emergency response, and management that is developed by a team comprised of representatives from the school, students, teachers, parent organizations, school safety personnel, administration, and local emergency services. The plan should be developed based on the model school safety plan developed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, state police, state fire marshal and others.

● Requires the plan to have formalized collaborative arrangements with law enforcement and fire to ensure that school safety officers and security personnel are adequately trained.

● Requires the plan to be reviewed at least annually, by November 1, and to include policies and procedures for annual training of staff and students.

● Requires the plan to have: evacuation and shelter-in-place plans; the designation of an emergency response team; procedures for providing access to floor plans, blueprints, or other maps of school areas to first responders; establishment of internal and external communications systems; definition and formalization of a chain of command consistent with NIMS and ICS; procedures for review and conduct of drills; and, policies and procedures for restricting access to any crime scenes.

State of Rhode Island

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

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