2013-2014 State of the Schools Report
A Report on Nebraska Public Schools
The 2015-2016 State of the Schools Report Card, and any future data reports regarding Nebraska public schools and student performance, can be found on the Nebraska Education Profile (NEP) at http://nep.education.ne.gov

School Safety Plans

All public schools in Nebraska have school safety plans as well as emergency procedures and school safety committees. Committee members include:
  • School staff
  • Parents
  • Community members
In addition, people who are not members of the safety committee or employees of the school visit individual schools each year to review the safety plans and procedures and to provide recommendations.

NOTE: The following information is a summary of school safety requirements and school safety guidelines as established by the state. The full document called "Considerations for Nebraska Schools in Reviewing School Safety" may be viewed on the Nebraska Department of Education's homepage at: www.education.ne.gov/safety

School Safety Requirements

The following requirements related to school safety and security was effective Aug. 2, 2000. The requirements are intended to support schools in their efforts to provide safe environments for all students and staff. The requirements are part of the rule (Rule 10) that school districts must follow to be accredited by the State of Nebraska.
  • Each school system maintains safe, healthful and sanitary conditions in the school building(s) and on the school grounds and meets the fire, safety and health codes.
  • Each school system has a safety and security plan for the schools in the system. The plan addresses the safety and security of student, staff and visitors and is approved by the local governing body.
  • Each school system has a school safety and security committee, which includes representatives of faculty, parents and community. The committee meets at least annually to prepare and/or review safety and security plans and procedures, including emergency plans and procedures.
  • One or more person who does serve not on the local school system safety committee and is not an employee of the school system reviews a school system's safety and security plan(s) annually. This review includes a visit to school buildings to analyze plans, policies, procedures and practices and provide recommendations. Recommendations made as a result of the analysis are forwarded to the head administrator and to the school safety and security committee to be considered in revising the plan.
Quality Indicator (a non-regulatory provision): The school facilities and the general environment are safe, orderly and supportive of quality learning for all students. A positive atmosphere for learning supports and reflects the work of students.

State Guidelines/Considerations Suggested for School Safety

The following summary is part of the full document, "Considerations for Nebraska Schools in Reviewing School Safety":
  • Areas in which a school safety committee may want to gather information:
    • Safety/security perceptions of administrators, staff, students and parents
    • Facility conditions inside and out, and surrounding grounds
    • Previous school incidents
    • School climate/culture issues that present safety concerns
    • Neighborhood safety issues that could impact the school
    • Community safety issues that could impact the school
    • Existing safety, security and emergency policies and procedures
  • The safety committee may wish to review and prioritize possible future incidents by:
    • The probability of an action to result in an unsafe situation or occurrence
    • The priority the incident should be given
    • The frequency of an occurrence or condition
    • The potential severity of an incident
    • The anticipated duration of an event
    • The likely impact upon students, staff and facility
  • School safety training:
    • It is important for School Safety Plans to be periodically tested to determine if the goals of the plan have been realized, and can be achieved. Safety drills and exercises are an essential part of that testing process. It is recommended each school determine the most appropriate training and drills for their needs.
  • Review of safety plans:
    • The intent of the annual review is to determine if conditions under which the original plans, policies and procedures were established still in fact exist or have conditions changed to an extent that the plan needs to reflect adjustments to meet those changes. It is suggested that reviewer(s) conduct the following as part of the review process:
      1. Physically inspect the facility and surrounding
      2. Interview administrators, staff and a random sampling of students and parents
      3. Review any school incident reports
      4. Survey the school climate and culture as to potential hazards to safety
      5. Review existing safety, security and emergency policies and procedures
      6. Assess the surrounding neighborhood for safety issues that can impact the school
      7. Assess the community in general for any safety issues that can impact the school
      8. Complete a comprehensive written report regarding the review process and results