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Governor Walker’s Special Session School Safety Proposals

By John Forester | March 15, 2018

From The Wheeler Report . . .

Gov. Walker has called a special session on school safety, (EO#278) and has forwarded a $100 million proposal for the legislature to consider. The bills were included at the time of the release which announced the special session. According to his release, Walker’s plan includes:

March 2018 Special Session Assembly Bill 1 – School Safety Grant Program

This bill creates a grant program, administered by DOJ, to award grants to school districts, operators of independent charter schools, governing bodies of private schools, and tribal schools. DOJ must work in consultation with DPI to develop a plan for awarding the grants. The plan must include what expenditures are eligible to be funded by a grant. This bill appropriates $100 million GPR for the Office of School Safety grants. The bill says grants used to employ armed school safety officers may be used to employ only law enforcement officers or former law enforcement officers as armed school safety officers and “may not be used to supplant existing resources used for this purpose. A school that receives a grant to employ armed school safety officers shall demonstrate that the moneys are not supplanting existing resources used for this purpose… A school that receives a grant to employ armed school safety officers may receive a grant for 3 consecutive years without submitting a new application each year. In the first year, the grant shall cover 75 percent of the costs associated with employing armed school safety officers; in the 2nd year, the grant shall cover 50 percent of the costs associated with employing armed school safety officers; and in the 3rd year, the grant shall cover 25 percent of the costs associated with employing armed school safety officers.”

March 2018 Special Session Assembly Bill 2 – Office of School Safety

This bill creates an office of school safety in the Dept. of Justice. The office must work with DPI to create model practices for school safety, must compile blueprints and geographic information system maps for schools for use by law enforcement agencies in an emergency and must offer training to school staff on school safety.

March 2018 Special Session Assembly Bill 3 – Mandatory Reporting.

This bill requires professionals who must report suspected child abuse and neglect under current law to also report to a law enforcement agency a reasonable suspicion that a person intends to commit an act of violence involving a dangerous weapon or explosive in or targeting a school. This bill also “explicitly exempts from the state’s requirements for confidentiality of patient health information and allows the disclosure by a health care provider of any suspicion of a patient intending to commit an act of violence involving a dangerous weapon or explosive in or targeting a school.”

March 2018 Special Session Assembly Bill 4 – Model Bullying Policy.

This bill requires that the parent or guardian of each pupil involved in a bullying incident be notified within 48 hours of the incident being reported to a school district employee.

March 2018 Special Session Assembly Bill 5 – School Safety Plans.

This bill eliminates the three-year window for schools to have a school safety plan, and instead requires all school boards or governing body of private schools to have a school safety plan in effect. Before creating a plan, school boards or governing bodies must work with local law enforcement to conduct an on-site safety assessment of each school building, site, and facility that is regularly occupied by pupils. The bill requires a school safety plan to include an individualized safety plan for each school building and facility, and specify guidelines and procedures to address specific types of school safety incidents, including school violence and attacks, threats of school violence and attacks, parent-student reunification, and threats to non-classroom events. This bill requires each school board and governing body to ensure pupils are drilled annually in the proper response to a school violence event. This bill requires the school board or governing body to approve its school safety plan at least once every three years, and require the school plan to be submitted annually to the Office of School Safety at DOJ.

March 2018 Special Session Assembly Bill 6 – School Camera Footage.

This bill creates a specific exception to privacy required for pupil records for safety camera footage that is made available to a law enforcement agency if sharing that footage serves a legitimate safety interest.

Additionally, Walker signed EO#279, which directs the State of Wisconsin to help schools in contracting for school safety and security equipment. The EO says Walker directs DOA, State Bureau of Procurement to:

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