While the other aspects of Connecticut’s new gun control law have received more notoriety, the new law included a number of provisions intended to improve school safety and security including the following:
- Requires each school to have a safety committee;
- Requires each school to conduct a risk vulnerability assessment;
- Require each school to have a safety and security plan which incorporates national standards and takes an “all hazards” approach;
- While not requiring it, the new law encourages schools to conduct “mental health first aid” training for teachers, and directs the Commissioner of Education to consider requiring such training as part of new teacher training programs.
- Requires all new school construction utilizing State grant funds to comply with new (yet to be promulgated) school construction safety standards.