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 district to have a comprehensive district-wide school safety plan and building-level school safety plan regarding crisis intervention, emergency response, and emergency management that must be provided to local law enforcement. The plan must be reviewed at least annually by the appropriate school safety team.

● Requires each district to have a school safety and each school to have a building-level school safety team that must include: representatives of the school board; representatives of student, teacher, administrator, and parent organizations; and school personnel.

● Provides circumstances when a principal may order that lockers, vehicles, containers, packages, and students may be searched in the name of school safety and allows metal detectors—both handheld and stationary—or animals to be used.

State of Tennessee

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

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