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Regional school safety and security programs.

*** CHANGE IN 2019 *** (SEE 1216-S2.SL) ***
(1) Subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for this specific purpose, educational service districts may implement a regional school safety and security program modeled after the educational service district that has developed a regional school safety and security center.
(2) The programs should include the following components:
(a) Establishment of a network of school safety coordinators for the educational service districts, which shall focus on prevention planning, intervention, mitigation, crisis response, and community recovery regarding emergency incidents in schools;
(b) Collaboration with the educational service district that developed the model for a regional school safety and security center to adopt its model for a regional school safety and security center;
(c) Creation of technology-based systems that enable more efficient and effective communication between schools and emergency response entities, including local law enforcement, local fire department, and state and federal responders;
(d) Provision of technology support to improve communication and data management between schools and emergency response entities;
(e) Ongoing training of school personnel and emergency responders to establish a system for preventative identification, intervention strategies, and management of risk behaviors;
(f) Development of a professional development to train school personnel as first responders until the arrival of emergency responders; and
(g) Building collaborative relationships between other educational service districts, the office of the superintendent of public instruction, and the school safety advisory committee.

NOTES:

Findings2016 c 240: "The legislature finds that school personnel are often the first responders when there is a violent threat or natural or man-made disaster at a school. The legislature further finds there is a need to develop training for school personnel to intervene and provide assistance during these emergency incidents. The legislature recognizes an educational service district has developed a model for a regional school safety and security center, which can provide this type of training." [ 2016 c 240 § 5.]
Intent2016 c 240: See note following RCW 28A.300.273.
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