Safety is one key component of creating a space conducive to learning — whether that space is in an elementary school or on a college campus. We are capturing state efforts to prevent and respond to safety concerns in a suite of resources that include information on various topics, from early identification and response protocols to safety plans to support systems and structures.
Relevant context and state policy examples on safety issues.
Legislative trends and other news with implications for safety.
This year, ECS examined state K-12 sex education policies and health education standards related to instruction about consent. Health education has gained a renewed focus in recent months as states deliberate approaches to curriculum across content and grade levels.
Since 1970, 2,511 K-12 students have been wounded or killed in school shootings in the United States, and 2021 witnessed the largest number in a single year. School districts have adopted surveillance strategies that aim to anticipate threats to students’ safety, but privacy advocates are raising alarms that surveillance can harm innocent people who get caught in its net.
States are using a variety of measures to help prevent sexual assault and misconduct on university and college campuses, from partnering with local law enforcement on reporting protocol to developing trauma-informed trainings for campus staff.
School safety continues to be a priority for state education leaders across the nation. It was identified as one of six key education policy issues mentioned by governors in our 2019 recap of State of the State addresses.
This series of blog posts explores state efforts to improve school safety through legislation, initiatives, task forces and more. In seven posts, this series aims to inform state efforts to make schools and higher education institutions safe places to learn and work.
In our recent post on school security efforts, we shared that many states are recommending school resource officers as one measure — among many — to improve safety on school campuses.
State Information Requests
Brief issue scans, typically provided within 48 hours, that provide top-level information on safety.