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.
The CDE and DOJ discussed, and will continue to confer on, the current School Law Enforcement Partnership statute. Future discussions will include potential next steps and viability of implementation given the absence of funding and staff for the program.
The CDE also researched the cost to update the 2002 School Safety Planning Handbook, which includes additional staff resources, convening school safety subject matter experts to recommend content, contracting a professional writer, editing and design, and preparation for online posting. The estimated cost is approximately $350,000; funding will be needed from the Legislature in order for the CDE to accomplish this activity.
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