Comprehensive School Safety Program
Delaware comprehensive school safety plans (CSSP) are consistent all hazards, best practices approaches to emergency response plans to provide guidance to our “true first responders” in a school emergency, our school officials and staff. We serve approximately 228 public schools, 132,000 students, and 15,000 educational staff. This is critical because during an emergency on school grounds, the “true” first responders are not police or paramedics, but teachers, administrators, and other school staff. Because school faculty and personnel are on-site, DSHS has provided them with the right tools and training–training traditional first responders already had. The CSSP is designed to support many functions before, during, and after an emergency.
Omnibus School Safety Act
The purpose of the Omnibus School Safety Act is to enhance public safety in all of Delaware’s public schools (including charter schools) and school districts through the development and maintenance of comprehensive, site-specific, National Incident Management System (NIMS)-compliant safety and emergency preparedness plans for each public school and district. This act is intended to promote a cohesive and coordinated approach between state and local emergency responders, education professionals, and other supporting agencies and disciplines during a critical incident within a school setting, in a manner that minimizes administrative and other burdens upon schools and districts.
Delaware School Safety Legislation
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.