Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Safe Schools

The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) is a federal initiative which provides K-12 school districts with the means to develop an effective Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). The REMS website also has a toolbox which makes available exemplary components of a good EOP, including assessing risk.

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Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of School Safety 

2017 Wisconsin Act 143 required the Office of School Safety to provide best practice guidance to schools around the state. This School Threat Assessment Protocol should be applied as an early intervention tool to assist students exhibiting concerning behaviors.

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School Safety Resources: Link

Wisconsin 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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