In researching this, I found that there's a lot going on that is good to know about, and illustrates some of the thinking going on at the state level.
I'd also like to thank Jeff Kirtland at District 51 for speaking with me, and providing valuable information regarding the district's obligations to respect student privacy, and the required disclosure of information to law enforcement in emergency situations. These obligations are to federal law, and don't have a great deal of relevance to any state-initiated efforts to improve information sharing as it relates to school safety and incident management.
- Become the first state in the union to require that the aforementioned safety strategies be applied across the educational spectrum, from preschool through higher education.
- Facilitate the ability for teachers to be able to conduct a functional lockdown.
- Require regular drills of the school emergency plan.
- Be able to address an active threat through processes that would touch the entire campus of a school or university, over the entire day or time period that classes are in session.
- Create a foundation of safety-oriented personnel and processes within all educational environments.
- Mandatory Notification of 9-1-1: Should an emergency incident occur that requires an immediate response of resources over and above that which is immediately available on the school campus (including School Resource Officers), the school will report the incident and/or request those resources through the most simple, direct, and reliable way available; calling 9-1-1, and providing the necessary information (as available) to the professionals on the other end of the line. This helps to assure mobilization of resources in accordance with local emergency plans, notification of involved stakeholders according to plan, quick establishment of unified command, and written and recorded documentation of the public safety response.
- Best Practices sharing through CSSRC - As CSSRC begins its' programs through the selected pilot sites, collect information on Emergency Plan development strategies and other information that can be shared with districts across the state.
- Drill / Incident reporting and compliance mechanism - Revise any existing statewide emergency incident and/or drill reporting mechanism to include documentation of successes, failures, and the incident management structure applied. State to compile data to monitor trends and compliance with the requirements of this bill, as well as the NIMS requirements of SB-181. Reports provided to the schools and the public on an annual basis.