Federal Commission on School Safety Comprehensive Resource Guide

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The Federal Commission on School Safety has released a comprehensive resource guide for keeping students and school personnel safe at school. Below is an overview of the Commission and the report as well as links to view the report in its entirety.


In the wake of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
in February, President Donald J. Trump established the Commission and tasked
its members with studying and recommending ways to make our nation's schools
more secure.

Over the nine months that followed, the Commissioners, including U.S.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker
(who succeeded former Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a Commissioner),
Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, and Secretary of Homeland
Security Kirstjen Nielsen, held more than a dozen meetings, field visits,
and listening sessions.

Commission meetings provided a forum for presentations from subject matter
experts, educators, law enforcement officials, and individuals affected by
school violence. Field visits involved travel to schools to learn
first-hand about current best practices in school safety. Listening sessions
occurred in regions across the country and provided opportunities for the
public to offer recommendations to the Commission. In total, the
Commissioners heard from dozens of experts from nearly 40 states and
reviewed more than 1,500 comments from the public via safety@ed.gov.


The Federal Commission on School Safety Report contains 19 chapters divided
into three sections based on well-established phases of security planning:


1. Character Development and a Culture of Connectedness
2. Cyberbullying and School Safety
3. Curating a Healthier and Safer Approach: Issues of Mental Health and
Counseling for Our Young
4. Integrating Mental Health, Primary Care, Family Services, and
Court-Ordered Treatment
5. Using Suspicious Activity Reporting and Threat Assessments to
Enhance School Safety
6. Effects of Press Coverage of Mass Shootings
7. Violent Entertainment and Rating Systems
8. The Obama Administration's "Rethink School Discipline" Guidance
9. The Effectiveness and Appropriateness of Psychotropic Medication for
Treatment of Troubled Youth
10. The Efficacy of Age Restrictions for Firearm Purchases
11. Extreme Risk Protection Order Laws
12. Improvements to the FBI's Public Access Line


13. Training School Personnel to Help Ensure Student Safety
14. Emergency and Crisis Training for Law Enforcement
15. The Transition of Military Veterans and Retired Law Enforcement
Officials into New Careers in Education
16. Best Practices for School Building Security
17. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and Other Statutory
and Regulatory Privacy Protections
18. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and
Other Statutory and Regulatory Privacy Protections


19. Active Shooter Preparedness and Mitigation

Use the link below to view the report in its entirety.

Visit the link below for more information on field trips, listening sessions, roundtables, and other resources used to create the report.