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Colorado Working Group On School Safety

Concerning creating a multi-agency working group to address school safety.
2020 Regular Session
Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Bill Summary

School Safety Committee. The bill creates the Colorado interagency working group on school safety. The working group consists of 14 13 voting members. including 4 legislative members. The mission of the working group is to enhance school safety through the cost-effective use of public resources. The working group shall:

  • Study and implement recommendations of the state auditor's report regarding school safety released September 2019;
  • Study the use of lockdown drills, including their effectiveness and any harm they do to the participating students;
  • Identify school safety best practices and then rank the effectiveness of the best practices;
  • Identify actions to improve transparency, reduce duplication, improve services, and improve communication;
  • Create minimum school safety standards;
  • Provide school risk assessments and training;
  • Develop standardized language for describing threats to schools and the procedures to be followed in investigating a threat;
  • Create a list of approved school safety resource vendors and tools;
  • Recommend minimum standards or procedural guidelines for behavioral threat assessment tools;
  • Report on a monthly basis aggregated behavioral and risk assessment data;
  • Create an annual report of findings and recommendations, including evidence-based analysis and data; and
  • Study and evaluate the implemented changes .
  • Consider program organization and recommend reorganization if necessary;
  • Identify shared metrics to examine program effectiveness;
  • Facilitate interagency coordination and communication;
  • Increase transparency and accessibility of state grants and resources, particularly for school districts without a grant writer, which includes improving outreach and may include developing common grant applications;
  • Facilitate and address data sharing, including allowable data sharing at the local level, when appropriate and allowable under state and federal law; and
  • Address school safety program challenges in a coordinated way.

The working group may contract with a consultant to optimize the alignment and effectiveness of the school safety efforts in Colorado and identify evidence-based best practices. The general assembly may appropriate money to the working group for a consultant, and the working group can accept gifts, grants, and donations.

The bill repeals the working group on September 1, 2023 2022 .

The bill appropriates $96,776 from the general fund to the department of public safety. Of the appropriation, $48,448 is for administrative services in the division of criminal justice and $48,328 is for school safety resource center costs.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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