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Legislation to Fund Security Needs? School Security Plan Q&A, #6

This is part 6 of a Q&A of school administrators regarding their thoughts on school security plans.  For more information on the three participants, Rebecca Jurs, Greg Rabenhorst, and Scott Mackall, see part 1 of this series here.

Q6: Do you feel that there should be legislation enacted to fund ongoing security needs in schools?

RJ: It's hard to do something effectively and well when you don't have the funds to do it. And really, there's less and less safety grants out there for districts to take advantage of, both at the federal and state levels.

So, I definitely think it should be funded. What that would look like, I don't know. I do know that my county, Kane County, has been really proactive and kind of the trailblazers in our area for safety, working as a county together.  

SM: Yes, if directed at really solving the problem. Spending dollars to create a ‘secure vestibule’ while leaving the door next to it propped open for any reason is not solving the problem. I believe a secure entrance is needed. I would include mandatory staff training as part of the grant process. Change the culture where safety is involved.

GR: Definitely. The cost of upgrading security systems, upgrading “go bags” and other classroom emergency items is very costly. Schools have a difficult enough time funding teachers and curriculum. Student safety is a top priority of local leaders but a seemingly low priority at the federal and state level when it comes to funding.

In part 7, the panel answers the question "Who are the critical stakeholders that need to have a voice in emergency protocol planning?"

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