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.

West Virginia

Promising Practices

● Requires every school to have an up-to-date, comprehensive crisis response plan that is review annually. The plan must include the designation of an employee to be in charge during a crisis, a communication plan, protocols for responding after events have concluded, disaster and emergency procedures for all hazards, ingress and egress during lockdowns and evacuations, and policies and procedures for enforcing discipline and maintaining a safe and orderly environment. The plan must also be developed in consultation with local social services agencies, first response agencies, and emergency management representatives.

● Requires each plan to be submitted to the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

● Requires safety upgrades to the routes of ingress and egress to be part of a comprehensive analysis of overall school safety issues.

State of West Virginia

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

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