New Hampshire

New Hampshire Department of Education School Safety and Facility Management Bureau

Provides leadership, technical assistance and resources to school boards, building committees, school administrators, school business officials, architects and the general public with regard to planning and financing of school facilities. This bureau collects, processes and approves sufficient information on educational specifications, plans, technical specifications, costs, site considerations and financing methodologies to evaluate proposed school constructions projects in order to determine approval for State Building Aid under RSA 198:15 and to maintain records of same.

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Safe Schools Laws: https://www.education.nh.gov/instruction/integrated/safe_schools_laws.htm

New Hampshire 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.

The Police Foundation also reviewed legislation and amendments passed by state legislatures and signed into law following the mass violence attacks at schools in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas. Seven states—Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island—officially codified new significant school safety and security laws that address at least one of the aspects mentioned above. The legislative review utilized open source research, and encompasses all legislation that was officially codified by September 11, 2018.

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