Wisconsin

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 each school to conduct monthly fire drills, two tornado or other hazard drills annually, and two school safety incident drills annually, based on the school safety plan. Records of the drills must be retained for at least seven years.
  • Requires each school to have a school safety plan within three years of the law’s enactment (for preexisting schools) or within three years of creation or opening (for new schools). The plan must include general guidelines for emergency prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
  • Requires the plan to be created with the active participation of appropriate parties including local law enforcement, fire, and school officials; school administrators and teachers; and, mental health professionals.
  • Requires the school board to identify who will receive school safety plan training and the frequency of the training.
  • Requires the school district to erect and maintain all fences necessary to enclose the school from adjoining properties.

State Of Wisconsin

The legislative review utilized open source research, and encompasses all legislation that was officially codified by September 11, 2018.

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