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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 26, 2018 04:01 PM
From: Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. and Sen. Mike Regan
To: All Senate members
Subject: Comprehensive School Safety Assessments
While many school districts have taken significant and worthwhile security measures to prevent tragedy from striking, it is critical that we strive to ensure there is a consistent level of safety for every child entering a public school in Pennsylvania.

In an effort to enhance safety in all of our public schools, we plan on introducing legislation that would require the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, in conjunction with the Department of Education, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and experts in school safety to develop Comprehensive School Safety Assessment (CSSA) guidelines. The intent of the CSSA is to provide a uniform approach to evaluating current security measures in every school building.

Under the legislation, school districts must undertake a CSSA in each of its school buildings. Based on the results and recommendations from the CSSA, school districts will qualify for dedicated grants to assist in the implementation of the recommendation of the CSSA.

Please join us in co-sponsoring this important legislation.