Report 2016-136 Recommendation 9 Responses

Report 2016-136: School Violence Prevention: School Districts, County Offices of Education, and the State Must Do More to Ensure That School Safety Plans Help Protect Students and Staff During Emergencies (Release Date: August 2017)

Recommendation #9 To: Justice, Department of

To ensure that districts, county offices, and schools receive guidance on a variety of safety issues and to comply with state law, CDE and DOJ should resume their partnership activities, as required by state law. Further, the partnership should update the 2002 handbook, "Safe Schools: A Planning Guide for Action," and distribute it to all districts and county offices. If CDE or DOJ determine the need for additional funds to implement the legislative recommendations or to reestablish the partnership's activities, they should request those funds from the Legislature.

6-Month Agency Response

The Superintendent of Public Instruction has formed a Statewide School and Community Safety Advisory Committee.

DOJ will be participating in the committee. In addition to DOJ's law enforcement/community efforts, the committee is comprised of CDE Staff, educators, diverse superintendent and administrator organizations, representatives from State Parent Teacher Association, California School Employee Association, California School Board Association, mental health subject matter experts; Governor's Office of Emergency Services; community college safety coordinators; county offices of education; fire and law enforcement first responders; state, county, and local governmental and non-governmental entities; recreation and parks representatives; and others.

The committee will identify gaps and issues in school safety plans, identify and share effective practices that leads to enhanced relationships and networks between and among K-12 educators including superintendents, administrators, teachers, school nurses, counselors and mental health specialists, and classified staff.

The committee efforts will strengthen existing activities and identify new methods so that the school districts/boards, county offices of education, and school site personnel receive guidance in the development of their respective school safety and crisis response plans to ensure students and staff are kept safe in the event of an emergency involving active shooter incidents.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 8/31/2018
  • Response Date: February 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending

60-Day Agency Response

The DOJ has contacted CDE to discuss the history of the program and any associated resources. Unfortunately, there are no current resources available for the program at CDE or DOJ. Given this, CDE and DOJ are discussing the State Auditor's recommendation and how to move forward.

  • Estimated Completion Date: unknown
  • Response Date: October 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending

All Recommendations in 2016-136

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.