School Safety Committee. The bill creates the Colorado interagency working group on school safety. The working group consists of 14 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.
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.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)