At a Glance
Each school in California is required to develop a school safety plan which is updated on an annual basis. The plan is intended to help create and maintain a safe environment conducive to learning for students and staff.
California Education Code Section 32286 requires each school site to review and update its school safety plan by March 1 of each year. The four primary areas to be addressed in the plan are:
In the development of the plan, the school should consider the following:
- School Safety Plan Self-Monitoring Tool - A checklist of items a safety plan must include to comply with the law, revised in January 2014 by the California Department of Education
- CDE's School Safety Elements and Resources - Includes resources for improving school climate and safety
- Improving Collaboration on School Safety Issues - Suggestions for working with students, parents, community residents, and law enforcement personnel, California Department of Education
- Assessing school safety levels by analyzing data such as suspensions/expulsions, counseling referrals, law enforcement reports, California data, etc.
The school safety plan should include:
- Collaborative Relationships - Students, parents, community organizations, and law enforcement agencies should be actively involved in the development and updating of the safety plan.
- Strategies and Programs for School Safety - Appropriate strategies and programs that provide and maintain a high level of school safety need to be identified. An assessment of the current status of school crime committed on the school campus and at school-related functions must be included.
- Counseling and Guidance Services - Clear guidelines for the roles and responsibilities of mental health professionals, community intervention professionals, school counselors, and school resource officers should be included to ensure a positive school climate.
- Emergency Procedures - The plan must include disaster procedure and earthquake emergency procedures.
- Discipline Policies - Discipline policies and procedures, specifically those which lead to suspension and/or expulsion, should be discussed.
For more information on School Safety Plans, reference California Education Code Sections 32280 - 32289.