Recently legislation was enacted to further strengthen school security.
Two specific components of this legislation require:
- all school districts, including ISDs and public school academies to develop emergency operations plans, customized for each building by 01/01/2020.
- all schools to conduct biennial reviews of those plans with local law enforcement.
Schools are also required to provide emergency contact information to the State Police for at least one school official and consult with law enforcement on school safety issues before the construction or major renovation of school buildings.
The Center is continuing to monitor this requirement and will provide more information as it becomes available. However, as your school begins this process it is critical to remember the objective of an Emergency Operations Plan is to identify and respond to incidents by outlining the responsibilities and duties of staff, faculty, students and other key players in each building as to their role before, during and after an incident.