|CA||To governor 09/2014||P-12||School Safety Plans and Pupil Mental Health Care|
From bill summary: Encourages voluntary guidelines in schools' comprehensive school safety plans to include protocols to address the mental health care of pupils who have witnessed a violent act at any time. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1251...
|PA||Signed into law 07/2014||P-12||School Police Officers, Office for Safe Schools.|
Permits school entities, defined as school districts, charter schools, cyber charter schools, and area vocational-technical schools, and nonpublic schools to apply to a judge of the Court of Common Pleas to appoint school police officers in the same manner, an...
|IL||Signed into law 06/2014||P-12||School Safety Drills|
From bill summary: Requires a private school to conduct a minimum of one annual meeting at which the school must review each school building's emergency and crisis response plans, protocols, and procedures and each building's compliance with the school safety ...
|IL||Signed into law 06/2014||P-12||Illinois Emergency Management Agency Grants to Schools|
Authorizes the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to make grants to public K-12 school districts, area vocational centers inter-district special education cooperatives, regional safe schools, and nonpublic K-12 schools for safety and security improvements. h...
|IL||Signed into law 06/2014||P-12||Accessibility of Emergency and Crisis Response Plans on Electronic Devices|
In updating a school building's emergency and crisis response plans, permits consideration to be given to making the emergency and crisis response plans available to first responders, administrators, and teachers
for implementation and utilization through the ...
|CT||Signed into law 06/2014||P-12||Student Safety Hotline and Safe School Plans|
Requires the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection to study the feasibility of establishing a student safety hotline. The study must include an analysis of: (1) the feasibility of establishing a student safety hotline that receives anonymous p...
|NE||Signed into law 04/2014||P-12||Suicide Prevention Training and other Safety Elements|
Requires all public school nurses, teachers, counselors, school psychologists, school social workers and administrators to receive at least one hour of training each year, beginning with the 2014-15 school year. The required training will be included under the...
|OK||Signed into law 04/2014||P-12||District Flexibility on Intruder Drills|
Allows school districts to determine the extent of student involvement in intruder drills.
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2014||P-12||School Emergency Readiness Pilot Program|
Appropriates monies to the department of education to create a pilot program on emergency readiness. Requires the department of education to receive applications and select three school districts, with certain restrictions, to participate. Requires participati...
|OR||Signed into law 04/2014||P-12||School Safety Task Force|
Creates a Task Force on School Safety. Charges the task force with: developing an RFP for hiring a vendor to create a database of floor plans for all schools in the state; making recommendations to the Department of State Police for the development of administ...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2014||P-12||Comprehensive Emergency Response Plans|
Requires that each district's comprehensive emergency response plan include procedures to notify a student, to the extent practicable, who is off campus at the time of a school violence emergency due to a school-related activity or excusal for religious instru...
|ID||Signed into law 03/2014||P-12||School Safety|
Requires school district boards of trustees to develop a school safety plan for each school and to meet annually with emergency first responders to update the plans and discuss emergency exercises and operations. Changes the distribution of public schools' sha...
|NY||Signed into law 12/2013||P-12||Study on the Cost of Installing Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Schools|
Directs the state education department to conduct a study to evaluate and make recommendations on the cost of installing hard-wired carbon monoxide detectors in each instructional school facility in school districts and boards of cooperative educational servic...
|PA||Signed into law 07/2013||P-12||Safe Schools Legislation|
Provides for new targeted grants through the Office of Safe Schools. These grants are for programs and measures to address school violence and security. This includes costs associated with school police and resource officers and the expansion of existing grant...
|RI||Signed into law 07/2013||P-12||School Safety and Emergency Plans|
Act 152 (S. 800A, H.B. 5940)
Requires school committees to annually review and update school safety and school emergency plans by November 1 of each year. Requires by December 31 of each year, the commissioner of elementary and secondary education to report to the general assembly and to ...
|RI||Signed into law 07/2013||P-12||School Safety Assessments and Model School Safety Plan|
Public Law 13 (S 0801 Substitute B - Chapter 151)
Directs each school district to conduct a school safety assessment in conjunction with local municipal police and fire departments within 30 days of this Act's passage and every three years thereafter. Also directs the department of elementary and secondary ed...
|ME||Became law without governor's signature 07/2013||P-12||School Building Security Plans|
Directs the Department of Education to gather information from school administrative units regarding the preparedness of schools to implement required emergency management plans and the present condition of school facilities in terms of facility security in th...
|IL||Signed into law 07/2013||P-12||School Evacuations and Law Enforcement Drills|
Provides that school evacuations may be triggered by the presence of a suspicious person in a school building. Provides that evacuation or reverse-evacuation incidents include a shooting incident (instead of providing that evacuations incidents may include wit...
|OR||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||School Emergency Procedures|
Amends existing law to include fire, earthquake, tsunami, and safety threats to its emergency response procedures.
|TX||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||School Marshals|
Creates a new category of law enforcement officer to be designated a school marshal. Authorizes a school marshal to make arrests and exercise all authority given peace officers under the code of criminal procedure, subject to written regulations of a local dis...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Emergency Notification Policies and Procedures|
S.B. 284 - Emergency Notification Policies and Procedures
Requires district policies to list the emergency response agency responsible for notifying the school district of emergencies, and to include emergency notification procedures in the district's model emergency management and emergency preparedness procedures. ...
|LA||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||School Crisis Management and Response Plans|
Adds references to school shootings to provisions regarding school crisis management and response plans. Requires that principals prepare plans jointly with local law enforcement, fire, public safety, and emergency preparedness officials, and include these off...
|AL||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||School Security Personnel and School Resource Officers|
Permits local boards to employ school security personnel or contract with local law enforcement to employ school resource officers. Allows school security personnel or school resource officers to carry a firearm while on duty only if the employee meets specifi...
|TN||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Gun Carry on School Grounds|
Allows K-12 school personnel to possess a firearm on school property if the person has a handgun carry permit, is authorized by the school superintendent, and has had 40 hours of basic school policing training.
|MT||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||School Safety, Disaster Drills|
Requires at least 8 disaster drills per year (prior law had specified that at least 4 had to be fire exit drills). Defines "disaster" as the occurrence or imminent threat of damage, injury, or loss of life or property. Requires each local board to adopt a scho...
|WA||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||Taking Measures to Promote Safe School Buildings|
Requires school districts, and the school safety advisory committee convened by the office of the superintendent of public instruction, to work collaboratively with local law enforcement agencies and school security personnel to develop an emergency response s...
|TN||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||School Safety Drills|
Requires the first fire drill to be conducted earlier in the school year and an intruder drill be conducted.
|OK||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||Lockdown Drills|
Requires each district board of education to ensure that a minimum of two (2) lockdown drills are conducted at each public school within the district each school year.
|AR||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||Concealed Weapons in Private Church-Operated Schools|
Authorizes carrying of a concealed weapon on the developed property of a kindergarten through grade twelve (K-12) private school operated by a church or other place of worship.
|KY||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||School Emergency Plans and Emergency Drills|
Identical to H.B. 384, which was also enacted: Requires each building to adopt an emergency plan for fire, severe weather, earthquake or if a building lockdown is required. Requires adopted plan to be shared with first responders, and for plan to be annually r...
|KY||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||School Emergency Plans and Emergency Drills|
Identical to S.B. 8, which was also enacted: Requires each building to adopt an emergency plan for fire, severe weather, earthquake or if a building lockdown is required. Requires adoped plan to be shared with first responders, and for plan to be annually revi...
|KS||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||Licensed Concealed Weapons - School Employees|
Permits school districts and postsecondary educational institutions to allow a licensed employee to concealed carry a handgun if the employee meets the entity's general policy requirements and if the
entity does not have a personnel policy prohibiting employe...
|AR||Signed into law 03/2013||P-12||Safe School Initiative Act|
Provides that a school district must train employees and students in preventing and responding to acts of violence, terrorism, and natural disasters. Includes drafting of emergency preparedness plans, active shooter drills, and tri-annual tornado drills.
|VA||Signed into law 03/2013||P-12||School Lock Down Policies|
Mandates two lock down drills per year: one in September and another in January. Requires each school safety audit committee to conduct a school inspection walkthrough using a standardized checklist. Directs local superintendent to make the results of each sch...
|SD||Signed into law 03/2013||P-12||Provide for the Training, and Creation of, Armed School Sentinel Programs|
Provide for the creation of school sentinel programs and for the training of armed school sentinels. The bill offers the option to arm school employees, hired security, or volunteers in order to secure or enhance the deterrence of physical threat and defense ...
|DE||Signed into law 09/2012||P-12||Omnibus School Safety Act|
Requires the Department of Safety and Homeland Security (DSHS) to work with schools, districts and first responders to develop a comprehensive school safety plan (CSSP) for each public school and district. Each CSSP will be (1) coordinated with law enforcement...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2011||Postsec.||Postsecondary Emergency Alert Systems|
Requires public and private institutions of higher education to establish emergency alert systems for students and staff, using e-mail or telephone notifications, by the spring 2012 semester. Establishes procedures. Permits a student or staff member to opt out...
|NV||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Responding to Emergencies|
Revising provisions governing plans for responding to a crisis in public schools of school districts, charter schools and private schools, so that such plans also address responding to an emergency; defines what constitutes an emergency; requires establishmen...
|TN||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||School Closures|
Prohibits charging a teacher with a day of leave for any day on which the teacher's school or school district is closed because of natural disaster, inclement weather, serious outbreak of contagious illness or other unexpected event.
|IN||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Teacher Training on Emergency Medical Procedures|
Requires an applicant for an initial teaching license to be trained and certified in the use of an automated external defibrillator. Requires, after June 30, 2012, an applicant for the renewal of a teaching license to complete training and obtain certification...
|WV||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||School Crisis Response Plans|
Requires the state board in conjunction with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to promulgate by December 31, 2011, a legislative rule for the establishment of an up-to-date, school specific crisis response plan at every school in the s...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Firesafety Inspections of Educational Facilities|
From Legislative Staff Summary: Aligns laws governing the State Fire Marshal with educational laws governing firesafety inspections on educational property. Clarifies the firesafety inspection process for charter schools and for public colleges. Requires all p...
|ND||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Emergency Drills|
Requires each public and nonpublic school (added nonpublic) to conduct fire, tornado, and other emergency or disaster drills, including lockdown drills (added lockdown drills).
|WI||Signed into law 05/2010||P-12||Health-Related School Closures|
Requires a school board, within 24 hours of a school being closed by a local health officer or DHS, or by a school district administrator because of a threat to the health or safety of pupils or school personnel, and within 24 hours of reopening a closed schoo...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2010||Postsec.|
|Threat Assessment Teams|
H.B. 903/S.B. 207
Exempts all records of threat assessment teams established at public institutions of higher education from the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, and allows these teams to receive health and criminal history records of students for the purposes of a...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2010||Postsec.|
|Institutional Crisis and Emergency Management Plan|
Requires the president and vice-president of each public institution of higher education, or the superintendent in the case of the Virginia Military Institute, to annually certify in writing to the Department of Emergency Management comprehension and understan...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Disaster Relief|
Relates to the disaster contingency fund and relief for school districts located in a disaster area. Provides that a government entity that receives disaster contingency funding and then receives reimbursement from the federal government, an insurer or another...
|TN||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Waivers for Makeup Days|
Provides that in the event of a natural disaster or serious outbreak of illness affective or endangering students or staff during a school year, the Commissioner of Education may waive for such school year the requirement for 180 days of classroom instruction,...
|IA||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||Disaster Assistance|
Relates to assisting schools to recover from disaster; changes the approval method for transfers of emergency fund moneys by modifying certain funding provisions to relate to disaster recovery and by allowing area education agency boards greater authority to p...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2009||P-12||Assistance in Event of an Emergency|
Requires all school emergency plans to include a provision that the Department of Criminal Justice Services and the State Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund shall be contacted immediately to deploy assistance in the event of an emergency as defined in the eme...
|NH||Signed into law 05/2008||P-12||Inspection of Schools by Fire Chiefs|
Requires local fire chiefs to annually inspect all school buildings within his or her jurisdiction and submit a report to the state fire marshal on the fire safety condition of such school buildings.
|CO||Signed into law 05/2008||P-12||School Mapping System for First Responders|
Requires the School Safety Resource Center in the Department of Public Safety to create and operate a first responder school mapping system to provide first responders immediate access to maps of school buildings and other information in the event of an emerge...
|CO||Signed into law 05/2008||P-12||School Safety Resource Center|
Creates the School Safety Resource Center to assist schools in preventing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies and crisis situations; sets forth the duties of the center and authorizes the center to employ staff and contract for servi...
|CO||Signed into law 04/2008||P-12||Coordinated Response to School Incidents|
Improves coordination among agencies when responding to school incidents; requires the Department of Public Safety to place on its web site a description of the National Incident Management System and a listing of online courses required to become NIMS certifi...
|CT||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||School Security Grants|
Establishes a school security competitive grant program to reimburse towns for certain expenses for schools under the school district for the development or improvement of the security infrastructure of the school, including the installation of surveillance ca...
|ME||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||School Emergency Plans|
Relates to a school comprehensive emergency management plan; makes the approval of a crisis response plan by a school board public information but makes the contents of the plan confidential and not available to the public; relates to hazards and potential haz...
|NH||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Site-Specific Emergency Response Plan|
Requires public and nonpublic schools to develop and implement a site-specific emergency response plan which is based on and conforms to the Incident Command System and the National Incident Management System.
|ME||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Automated External Defibrillator|
Requires every school administrative unit to place an automated external defibrillator in each of the unit's school buildings and make it available for secondary school athletic events inside and outside the building. The bill requires the school administrativ...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Train Derailment Emergency Plan|
Requires school districts with schools located within 1,000 yards of a railroad track to establish a policy for responding to train derailments in the district's multihazard emergency operations plan.
|TX||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12|
|Automated External Defibrillator|
Requires that at least one automated external defibrillator (AED) be made available at every public school campus, and school athletic competitions and practices, and that someone who knows how to use the AED be present at each location where the device is ava...
|WA||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Safe School Plans and Task Force on Gangs|
Schools and school districts are required to adopt, by September 1, 2008, and implement a safe school plan, consistent with the school mapping information system. Each
plan must include required school safety policies and procedures; address emergency mitigati...
|OH||Signed into law 12/2006||P-12||Building Floor Plans Posted with Attorney General|
H.B. 79 -- Floor Plan Section
From fiscal notes: Sub. H.B. 422 of the 126th General Assembly required that the Attorney General post a copy of the blueprint for each school building on the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway. The bill, instead, requires that the Attorney General post a floor pla...
|Emergency Preparedness Planning & Training|
Directs all executive branch agencies, including institutions of higher education, to include emergency preparedness planning, training and promotion as a core component of their mission (Executive Order 2006-42). http://www.governor.virginia.gov/Initiatives/E...
|IN||Adopted 11/2006||P-12||Student Absences|
Establishes rules regarding the established threshold for absences related to students in local school corporations and accredited nonpublic schools. The threshold of 20 percent must be used to report symptoms and health syndromes from outbreaks or suspected o...
|MO||Issued 10/2006||P-12||Homeland Security Membership|
Executive Order 2006-44
Adds elementary and secondary education as another category with full membership representation on the Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee in order to make certain that schools are included and actively engaged in homeland security planning at the s...
|CA||Signed into law 08/2006||P-12||Disaster Preparedness Materials|
Requires the State Department of Education to electronically distribute disaster preparedness educational materials and lesson plans that are currently available to local school districts and county offices of education. Requires the department to ensure that ...
|RI||Became law without governor's signature 07/2006||P-12||Legislative Commission on Viral Pandemic in Schools|
Creates a fifteen member special legislative commission whose purpose it would be to make a comprehensive study of the impact a viral pandemic would have on the delivery of education to students enrolled in K-12 public and private schools, and who would report...
|MI||Signed into law 06/2006||P-12|
Requires school officials to conduct two lockdown drills each school year, for instances including release of hazardous materials or armed individuals near the school.
Reduces the minimum number of required fire drills from eight to six.
|OH||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||School Safety Plans|
Requires community schools and chartered nonpublic schools to adopt school safety plans in the same manner as school districts; exempts school safety plans and school building blueprints from public records law; requires all public and nonpublic schools to con...
|MN||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Crisis Management Policy and Advisory Task Force on School and Staff Emergency/All Hazard Preparedness|
Directs the commissioner of education to maintain and make available to school boards and charter schools a model crisis management policy that that includes – among other items – school lock-down, tornado drills, and school fire drills. The policy must includ...
|OK||Adopted 04/2006||P-12||Tornado Drills|
Amends rules to requires public schools to conduct two tornado drillseach school year. Ensures all public schools are preparing students andemployees for the possibility of hazardous weather conditions. OKLAHOMA 13923...
|TN||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Class Size Waiver During Natural Disasters|
Relates to maximum classroom sizes; In the event of a natural disaster which results in the enrollment of displaced students, the commissioner of education may grant a waiver from the maximum class sizes established in this section.
|WV||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Flood Insurance|
Requires boards of education to maintain certain flood insurance (for buildings meeting conditions such as in a flood hazard location; having been flooded in the past, etc.).