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Legislation

2013 Legislation

The Maryland Center for School Safety was established in 2013, House Bill 453, as an independent unit of State government. The Center was established as a clearinghouse for information and best practices, to provide and facilitate professional staff development, conduct training, and facilitate coordination and collaboration between local school systems.

2018 Legislation

Following the tragic events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and the tragic loss of one of our own Jaelynn Willey at Great Mills High School in 2018, a landmark school safety package was enacted in Maryland. The Maryland Safe to Learn Act of 2018 (Senate Bill 1265) was signed into law by Governor Hogan on April 10, 2018.  This legislation included increased funding for the Maryland Center for School Safety, the creation of aggressive statewide standards for school safety, requirements for the standardized training and certification for all school resource officers, and requirements for each school system to develop behavioral assessment teams to identify and provide interventions for students who may pose a threat to safety. 

Major Changes:

  • Provided additional funding and staffing provided to the Center
  • Provided new school safety grants to support security related upgrades, training, and outreach
  • Required school resource officers (SROs) or adequate law enforcement coverage be in all public schools
  • Required the creation of a uniform SRO training curriculum 
  • Required the approved SRO training be taken by all SROs and School Security Employees
  • Required the development of Behavioral Threat Assessment Policies to identity at-risk children
  • Required the identification of a School Security Coordinator for each local school system
  • Required the identification of a School Mental Health Services Coordinator for each local school system
  • Required each school system to conduct regular school safety assessments/evaluations for all public schools