Safe School Plans. Each school district must adopt and implement a safe school plan. The plan must include certain elements such as:
School Safety Center. Subject to appropriations, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) must establish a School Safety Center that works in conjunction with regional school safety centers at each educational service district. The School Safety Center has certain duties including developing model school safety policies and procedures and identifying best practices in school safety.
Safety-Related Drills. Schools must conduct at least one safety-related drill per month. These drills much teach students three basic functional drill responses:
Schools must document the date, time, and type of each drill and maintain the documentation in the school office.
Safe school plans must include how substitute teachers and other temporary employees receive necessary information about safe school plans, including school safety policies and procedure and the three basic functional drill responses.
OSPI's School Safety Center must include how these temporary employees receive necessary information in model policies and procedures and best practices.
PRO: The amount of information substitute teachers receive about school safety procedures varies among school districts. This bill will help bring consistency across school districts.