South Dakota

South Dakota Department of Education: Safe, Drug, and Gun Free Schools

The criteria to be used in identifying persistently dangerous schools are:

  • multiple violent criminal offenses in 2 or more consecutive years , including the most recent school year, as set forth in South Dakota state law, including: whether committed by or victimizing students, school personnel or non-school personnel;
  • that occur 24 hrs. a day (not just during school hours);
  • that occur 12 months a year (not just during the school year);
  • that occur on school grounds, school property, or school-related and/or school-sponsored events, including buses and sports arenas.

The number of multiple violent criminal offenses used to determine each school’s status as a safe school or a persistently dangerous school shall be calculated according to the following formula:

One or more violent criminal offenses per 50 students enrolled with a maximum of 10 offenses per year, in two consecutive school years shall classify a school as persistently dangerous.

DOE will maintain a list of offenses that the State considers to be “violent criminal offenses” for purposes of the USCO policy. DOE shall use data collected via the annual Safe and Drug/Gun-Free Schools data collection process for purposes of implementing the USCO policy. DOE will annually reassess each school’s status, using the criteria outlined in this policy for identification of persistently dangerous schools.


South Dakota Department of Education: School Safety

South Dakota schools strive to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for students. Below are some resources schools can use to take steps to plan for these potential emergencies through the creation of a school Emergency Operations Plan.


South Dakota 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.