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.)