Rep Noble Michigan House OKs comprehensive school safety plan

first_img Categories: News,Noble News State Rep. Jeff Noble of Northville today voted in favor of a broad plan designed to improve school safety across Michigan.The measures approved by the state House include the creation of a statewide school safety commission to review and help upgrade building security. The package also would make the OK2SAY school safety program permanent, require safety-related measures in new school construction, require reporting procedures for school incidents and threats, and enhance training for law enforcement.“We can help make Michigan schools safer than they are right now, and that is exactly what we do with this plan,” Noble said. “This approach gets law enforcement, schools and others who want to protect our kids working together.”The House plan includes:Creation of a statewide commission to help audit safety procedures in Michigan schools. Grants to improve security would be distributed with priority going to schools with the greatest need. Local schools would have liaisons to work with the commission.Requiring schools to submit incident reports to the school safety commission. The reports would provide the commission with examples of how incidents and threats were handled to develop best practices for other Michigan schools to follow.Requiring new school construction or major renovation projects to include safety features such as reinforced entryways and remote door locks.Removing the ‘sunset’ or elimination date for the OK2SAY program, which allows the confidential reporting of tips on potentially harmful or criminal activity directed at students, school employees or school buildings.Mandating consistent, standardized training related to school violence incidents as part of the requirements to be a licensed law enforcement officer in Michigan.House Bills 5828-30 and 5850-52 advance to the Senate for further consideration. 08May Rep. Noble: Michigan House OKs comprehensive school safety planlast_img read more