|Posted:||August 27, 2021 10:42 AM|
|From:||Representative Liz Hanbidge|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||School Violence Reporting for Nonpublic Schools|
|School safety is an important factor in how students perform academically and develop emotionally and socially. In Pennsylvania, all public, technical, charter schools and intermediate units are required to submit school violence reports annually to the Office of Safe Schools in order to help develop effective policies that combat school violence. However, nonpublic schools are currently not required to report this data. This missing information is critical to understanding the full scope of student safety in all Pennsylvania schools.
Comprehensive and accurate data is essential for providing safe learning environments for all students. That is why I am introducing legislation that would require all nonpublic schools to report school violence data annually to the Office of Safe Schools. This legislation will provide the Office with a better picture of school violence to make more informed policies, strategies, and resources that will support all Pennsylvania schools in keeping students safe.
All students should have access to safe learning environments regardless of what school they attend. I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation to improve school safety in our state.
Introduced as HB1997