On December 18, 2018, the Federal Commission on School Safety, headed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, released its final report on the state of school safety. The Commission, which was formed after the school shooting in Parkland, FL, was tasked with making policy recommendations for schools and communities in order to help prevent future tragedies in schools.
In his opening letter in the report, President Trump acknowledged that there is “no universal school safety plan that will work for every school across the country,” and thus, the Commission focused on “learning more about, and then raising awareness of, ideas that are already working for communities across the country.”
The Commission’s policy recommendations fall into the three categories: Prevent, Protect and Mitigate, and Respond and Recover.
- Character education and the creation of a positive school climate
- Improve access to school-based mental health and counseling
- Conduct threat assessment and report suspicious behavior or activity
- Strengthen internet safety measures to curb access to inappropriate content
- Rescind certain discipline policies
- Firearm safe storage training and adopting laws to prevent individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others from possessing or purchasing firearms
Protect and Mitigate:
- Emergency training for staff and students
- Placing veterans in teaching roles through “Troops to Teachers” program
- Reassessing building and campus security
Respond and Recover:
- Active Shooter preparedness training
To read the report in its entirety, click here.