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School Safety

Several states have addressed school safety by requiring schools to adopt antibullying statutes. A new law in Alaska requires that all schools enact policies that prohibit bullying, harassment, and intimidation. A similar law was approved in South Carolina. In Illinois, a new law requires that school districts instruct students on bullying prevention in all grades.

Other states are enacting or modifying plans to protect students during an emergency. For example, in Virginia, lawmakers have required that schools develop a medical emergency response plan as part of the existing crisis and emergency management plan. An Ohio law requires private schools to develop school safety plans and conduct emergency drills.