School Safety Legislation Overview 

Current and Proposed K-12 School Safety Bills and Laws

States across the country continue to propose and pass legislation that addresses school safety’s complex needs. These school safety laws cover aspects like school safety drills, family reunification plans, and emergency response tools. Learn more about these laws below. 

School Safety Legislation Overview
Passed

Governor Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill A764 (Alyssa’s Law) into law in February 2019. New Jersey schools can use the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond to purchase mobile panic buttons that comply with the law. Learn more.

Passed

In July 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Alyssa’s Law (SB-70) into law, requiring public and charter schools to have mobile panic buttons installed that directly link to law enforcement and first responder agencies. Learn More

Pending Legislation

In Nebraska, Alyssa’s Law was introduced by Senator Tony Vargas of Omaha (LB1156).

Passed
Alyssa’s Law passed assembly in New York on June 4, 2022 and was signed by Governor Kathy Hochul on June 23, 2022.
Pending Legislation

For the state of Texas, Alyssa’s Law was introduced by Representative Shawn Thierry.

Pending Legislation

HR 4606: To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to require silent alarms in elementary schools and secondary schools, and for other purposes. Learn more 

HR 3665: This bill directs the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services within the Department of Justice to award grants to public elementary and secondary schools to (1) conduct independent facility security risk assessments, and (2) make hard security improvements (e.g., video monitoring and alert notification equipment) that are identified as necessary by the risk assessment. Learn more 

HR 2717: This bill establishes a pilot program through which the Department of Justice must award grants to public elementary and secondary schools to conduct independent facility security risk assessments and make hard security improvements (e.g., video monitoring and alert notification equipment). Learn more 

HR 3661: This bill addresses school security by requiring silent panic alarms in elementary and secondary schools and reauthorizing a program to train school resource officers. Learn more 

Alyssa’s Law

“Alyssa’s Law”—named after Alyssa Alhadeff, a victim of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy—requires public and charter schools to have silent panic alert systems linked directly to first responders and law enforcement agencies. 

Florida Alyssa’s Law

Florida public and charter schools must have a mobile panic alert system. The Florida Department of Education named Raptor Technologies an approved partner for Alyssa’s Law compliance. 

New Jersey Alyssa’s Law

New Jersey passed Alyssa’s Law in February 2019. The law requires all New Jersey public K-12 schools to be equipped with a panic alarm linked to local law enforcement.

Florida bill aimed at improving school security

Florida House Bill HB 1421

In March 2022, the Florida legislature approved updates to the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act. The bill was signed by Governor Ron DeSantis June 7, 2022. There are many updates to the 2018 bill, including new school safety drill and family reunification requirements.

Washington Law HB 1941

Signed into law on March 17, 2022, the bill states, “Lockdown drills may not include live simulations of or reenactments of active shooter scenarios that are not trauma-informed and age and developmentally appropriate.” Schools must also give participants advance warning of drills and have a family reunification plan.

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How Can Raptor Help Schools Comply with Safety Laws?

Schools can exceed many of these mandates with Raptor Emergency Management. With Raptor, schools can manage drills, instantly notify first responders, accurately account for individuals, and safely reunify families. 

Each school safety law has different requirements. Contact a Raptor representative today to discuss the laws specific to your district.  

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