Safety Procedures and Resources

While it is impossible to anticipate and prevent every possible school tragedy, Tennessee school districts and schools do everything in their power to ensure the safety and security of our children. Below, please find the safety requirements already in place in Tennessee, as well as additional resources for maintaining and assessing security procedures, and talking to and supporting students.

 

Current procedures and requirements

  • Tennessee’s Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Act requires every district to annually review, update and submit to the state the system’s Emergency Preparedness Plans. These plans include visitor screening procedures, weapons reporting and bullying policies for every public school in Tennessee: http://www.tn.gov/education/safe_schls/safety_cntr/SAVE_act.shtml.
  • The state awards annual grants to school districts through the Safe Schools Act of 1998. These funds are used for a variety of school safety enhancements, including School Resource Officers, security enhancements and violence prevention training: http://tn.gov/education/safe_schls/safety_cntr/safe_schls_act.shtml.
  • The state provides an annual school safety institute for district personnel in charge of safety and security, and another on workplace violence training for district safety and security directors.
  • Tennessee Schools Prepare is a collaboration between Vanderbilt University and the Tennessee Department of Education which supports schools in the development of effective crisis response teams and strategies: http://www.tnschoolsprepare.com.

Resources for districts, schools and parents

Safety Summit

  • Following the unthinkable tragedy that recently took place in Newtown, Connecticut, the Tennessee Department of Education is joining with districts across the state to examine and strengthen the current safety protocols in Tennessee schools. The department will hold a statewide School Safety Summit in late January, hosted by Williamson County Schools. We will gather hundreds of district and community leaders from across Tennessee to discuss how to ensure the proper training and implementation of safety measures in schools.

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