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 Legislation


Mandates

School Resource Officer (SRO) Adequate Coverage - Safe to Learn Act 2018 §7–1508(e)

What does this mandate mean: This yearly report identifies each public school within a local school system that has an assigned SRO, and, for those schools without an assigned SRO, the adequate local law enforcement coverage that will be provided to those schools. MCSS produced a report of the findings located here (hyperlink to report/report website page). 

Status: In Progress for 2020


Use of Force Reporting - Safe to Learn Act 2018 §7–1508(h)

What does this mandate mean: MCSS must collect data regarding any and all incidents of use of force between any SRO or School Security Employee (SSE) and any student. These incidents are collected while a SRO is carrying out the officer’s duties or while the SSE is carrying out the employee’s duties. Use of Force incidents were not tracked or collected during the 2018-2019 school year. The first Use of Force report will be produced in December of 2020.

Status: In Progress for 2020


School Safety Coordinator (SSC) Certifications - Safe to Learn Act 2018 §7–1508(a)

What does this mandate mean: Each Local School System (LSS) must appoint a School Safety Coordinator (SSC). MCSS is mandated to certify School Safety Coordinators (SSCs) upon their completion of the training specified below. An SSC serves as the liaison between the local school system, the local law enforcement agency, and MCSS. 

Status: In Progress for 2020


School Resource Officer (SRO) & Public School Security Employee (SSE) Training - Safe to Learn Act 2018 §7–1508(b)

What does this mandate mean: To be assigned as a SRO or to be employed as a school security employee, an individual shall complete the MCSS training program through instruction provided by MCSS in collaboration with the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission or a local law enforcement agency’s training program that is consistent with MCSS’ curriculum. 

Status: Not yet begun for 2020


Public School Emergency Plan (EP) Update and Collection - Safe to Learn Act 2018 §7–1510(d)-(e)

What does this mandate mean: Each LSS shall update the school emergency plan for each public school in the school system’s jurisdiction to include detailed plans for the manner in which each public school will address Behavioral Threats, Emergency Events, and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities in Emergency Events. In addition, each LSS shall update the school emergency plan for each public school in the school system’s jurisdiction to conform with the updated emergency planning guidelines and incorporate any changes required. Upon completion, each local school system shall submit the plans to MCSS for review and comment. Local school systems that have a central office emergency plan should also submit it when submitting the individual school emergency plans.

Status: In Progress for 2020


Emergency Plan Summary Report - Safe to Learn Act 2018 §7–1510(f)

What does this mandate mean: What MCSS is referring to as the Emergency Plan (EP) Summary Report includes aggregate data about threats* made against any school or school system facility, information about any school lockdowns, evacuations, or other emergency responses that occurred, incidents in which a public school’s emergency plan failed in part or in whole to function as anticipated in an emergency or an emergency drill, and the number of school hours spent in an emergency or an emergency drill.

Status: In Progress for 2020


*For the purposes of this context the term threats should be interpreted to include threats of mass violence as set forth in Md. Code Ann., Criminal Law Art. 3-1001, or a credible threat to an individual which, if carried out, would result in a critical life-threatening incident on school grounds as set forth in Md. Code Ann., Ed. Art. 7-1510(g), and any corresponding COMAR provisions.

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