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 multi-hazard emergency operations plan that addresses mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery; requires employee training in responding to emergencies; and, to ensure coordination with local emergency management agencies.

● Requires each district to to establish a school safety and security committee.

● Requires every school district to conduct a safety and security audit of all facilities every three years and report the results to the district’s board of trustees.

● Creates the School Safety Certification Program that will award a school safety certificate to any district that has adopted and implemented a multi-hazard emergency plan that measures for security of facilities and grounds, measures for communication with parents and the media in the event of an emergency, and outlines safety training for employees; demonstrates a self-audit process that includes conducting at least one lockdown, evacuation, weather-related, reverse evacuation, and shelter-in-place drill; and, meets other eligibility requirements.

State of Texas

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

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