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Top 5 PA Act 44 Assessment Items
What are the Top 5 PA Act 44 Assessment Items? In the summer of 2018, the School Safety and Security Grant Program was established within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) by PA Act 44 of 2018.
Simply stated the Act requires schools that receive funding to demonstrate compliance with several key assessment criteria items.
To help you better understand the assessment criteria, the LARGO Secure School team picked our top 5 assessment items required as part of the assessment process.
#1 PA Act 44 Assessment Item: Physical Security
The physical assessment must be conducted during the school year when school is in session. The assessment must include an evaluation of the school’s structural facilities and surrounding property. The physical assessment also includes a review of the school entity’s existing school safety and security plan, the school’s existing plans for crisis response and mitigation, and an analysis of the school’s crime prevention policy or practices.
The assessment should include discussions with the local law enforcement agencies that are primarily responsible for protecting and securing the school and an analysis of the cooperative agreements with the local law enforcement agencies that are primarily responsible for protecting and securing the school.
#2 PA Act 44 Assessment Item:: Policy
The policy assessment consists of an evaluation of the school’s policies and practices including an analysis of policies related to student safety, security, and management issues. This includes discussions with the school employees and a review of the student code of conduct.
#3 PA Act 44 Assessment Item:: Training
The training assessment includes a review of the school’s safety and security training practice and recommendations for effective school safety and security training and practices for all school employees. The training assessment also includes an analysis of communication practices and available technology and tools.
#4 PA Act 44 Assessment Item:: Student Assistance and Behavioral Health Support
This assessment consists of an analysis of the availability of student assistance programs and behavioral health professionals to assist the school. It also includes a review and the consideration of recommendations by behavioral and physical health professionals.
#5 PA Act 44 Assessment Items:: Periodic review
PA Act 44 specifies that the committee shall review the criteria at a minimum every three years and may make revisions as needed.
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LARGO Consulting Services, LLC was named an Approved School Safety and Security Assessment Provider in February 2019 and are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding Act 44 compliance.
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