Washington

Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction School Safety Center 

The School Safety Center provides resources to districts and schools to help in the development of high-quality emergency operations and safety plans. Feeling safe is fundamental for a positive school climate and learning environment. RCW 28A.320.125 requires all public school districts and public schools to have current school safety plans and procedures in place. The School Safety Center is a component of Student Support and works in close collaboration with System and School Improvement, and other departments within OSPI. In addition, regularly scheduled meetings of the School Safety and Student Well-Being Advisory Committee complement our commitment to keeping all students safe at school each and every day.

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Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction School Safety Advisory Committee

The purpose of the School Safety Advisory Committee is to advise OSPI and support and assist in the implementation of the work of the Washington State School Safety Center, as well as support the efforts for increased academic achievement by students.

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Washington Education Association 

Safe schools provide students the social and mental health services and support they need, in addition to having caring, qualified, committed teachers and support professionals.  

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Washington 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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