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A Legislative Mandate to Serve Schools

Federal and state statutes are designed to ensure the safety of students while attending school. These statutes work together to provide regulatory guidance to schools on a variety of issues.

The Safe Schools Act of 1995 is the seminal Pennsylvania school safety statute, establishing the Office for Safe Schools and authorizing Pennsylvania Department of Education “to coordinate anti-violence efforts between school, professional, parental, governmental, law enforcement and community organizations and associations.” The Act also requires the Department to provide school entities with information, direct training, technical assistance tools and forms needed to enhance local school safety efforts.

Safe Schools legislation at both the federal and state levels work together to ensure that schools are safe and respectful institutions where learning can occur. Legislation is also in place to ensure that schools engage in an all-hazards planning process in emergency response and crisis management, including prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery activities.