Homeland Security starts with Hometown Security. The purpose of the Louisiana Center for Safe Schools is a virtual resource library to connect local stakeholders for emergency preparedness planning, training, execution, recovery, and reporting. The Louisiana Center for Safe Schools provides school communities and their school safety partners with quality information and resources by identifying and promoting strategies, practices, and programs that support safe schools for all as part of the total academic mission. After all, Education is the key to opportunity and advancement. And likewise, providing safe and secure learning environments are the core foundation of learning and engagement.
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School safety is a human concern, one that every school and community must take seriously and strive continually to achieve. It is also a legal concern; schools can be held liable if they do not make good-faith efforts to provide a safe and secure school environment.
Homeland Security: Mitigating Hazards in Schools
The STOP School Violence Act of 2018 seeks to improve school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and prevent acts of violence. Both the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services offer grants to improve security within our Nation's schools and on school grounds through evidence-based programs.
STOP School Violence Program
U.S. Department of Education continues to plan to safely reopen schools and announced additional information on best practices to implement effective solutions.
Presidential Executive Order: Reopening & Continuing Operation of Schools
K-12 COVID-19 Handbook Vol. 2 provides research-based strategies to address the impact of COVID-19 on students, educators, and staff, especially for historically underserved students and communities that have been hit hardest by the pandemic.
K-12 COVID-19 Handbook Vol. 2
InfraGard is a non-profit organization serving as a public-private partnership between U.S. businesses and the FBI. InfraGard is an association of individuals that facilitates information sharing and intelligence between businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to preventing hostile acts against the United States.
Louisiana Infragard Multi-Hazard Planning Toolkit
Every organization in the United States is at risk from cyber threats that can disrupt essential services and potentially result in impacts to public safety. Over the past year, cyber incidents have impacted many companies, non-profits, and other organizations, large and small, across multiple sectors of the economy. CISA recommends all organizations—regardless of size—adopt a heightened posture when it comes to cybersecurity and protecting their most critical assets.
CISA - Shields Up
Simulation Experiment (SIMEX) 20-6 was conducted from August 3 to August 14, 2020, to explore casualty mitigation during an active assailant event in a suburban high school in the United States through virtual reality experimentation.
CISA School Security After-Action Report 2020
As the parents and spouses of the victims of the Majorie Stoneman Douglas violence in Parkland, we are committed to advocating for public safety reforms focused on the safety of our children and staff at school. We must make real changes, such as securing the perimeters of our schools. We must make a real effort to identify our kids that need help and create effective support programs for them. It is also time for practical changes in the laws.
Stand With Parkland
The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) offers information and technical assistance to States, districts, schools, institutions of higher learning, and communities focused on improving school climate and conditions for learning.
National Center for Safe & Supportive Schools
The Commission has been charged with quickly providing meaningful and actionable recommendations to keep students safe at school. These recommendations will include a range of issues, like social emotional support, recommendation on effective school safety infrastructure, discussion on minimum age for firearms purchases, and the impact that videogames and the media have on violence.
Federal Commission on School Safety
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Louisiana Center for Safe Schools staff are available via email to respond to questions and requests.
We welcome your input on the resources available on the resources available on our website and suggestions for additional sources. We are also open to discussion and feedback on trainings, high-quality plans or plan components, novel or innovative practices, and stories of lessons learned to contribute to the field.
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