South Carolina

In 2018, the Police Foundation staff conducted a comprehensive public domain scan of state legislation from all 50 states and the District of Columbia related to the following aspects of school safety and security:

  • 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.

The Police Foundation also reviewed legislation and amendments passed by state legislatures and signed into law following the mass violence attacks at schools in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas. Seven states—Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island—officially codified new significant school safety and security laws that address at least one of the aspects mentioned above. The legislative review utilized open source research, and encompasses all legislation that was officially codified by September 11, 2018.

The highlighted states on the map represent examples of states with comprehensive school safety legislation and promising practices.

 

PROMISING PRACTICES

  • Requires the State Board of Education to develop a model safe schools checklist that includes: a comprehensive safety plan, communication of discipline policies and procedures, interagency and intra-agency emergency planning, training, assessment of buildings and school grounds, procedures for handling visitors, assignment of personnel in emergencies, and emergency communication and management procedures.
  • Requires all construction, improvement, and renovation of public school buildings and property to comply with standards and specifications established in the South Carolina School Facilities Planning and Construction Guide created by the South Carolina Department of Education (which must be updated annually).
  • Requires the State Superintendent of Education or their designee to inspect all construction, improvement, and renovation projects for compliance with applicable standards and codes.
  • Requires the General Assembly to provide funds in the general appropriations act to be awarded to school districts who choose to employ one safety coordinator, with a matching requirement from the school district.
  • Requires each public middle, junior high, and high school in the state to have at least one hand-held metal detector and requires that training be provided to school officials who will use them.
  • Creates a School Safety Task Force.

State Of South Carolina

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