Colorado School Safety Committee Introduces Five Bills to Improve Safety
Colorado’s School Safety Committee pushed forward legislation that could better address students’ behavioral health needs. Lawmakers left guns out of the conversation largely for the sake of bipartisanship.
Colorado’s School Safety Committee is hoping to get five bills in front of the General Assembly in January that are aimed at protecting children from school violence.
The five bills will do this:
- Provide students with excused mental health days
- Evaluate services available for children with severe behavioral health diagnoses
- Expand behavioral health training in schools
- Improve Safe2Tell
- Strengthen how agencies work together and communicate on school safety
The bills come after the state auditor released a report in September finding the state has uncoordinated efforts and gaps in school safety programs.
In general, the auditors concluded the programs are not centralized and there is no consolidated information about the programs, including their purposes.