Office of Education

Safe Arizona Schools Plan

“Arizona can lead the nation in tackling the issue of school safety and the Safe Arizona Schools Plan is an aggressive approach that puts the safety of our schools and communities first. This plan has been shaped by the lessons we’ve learned from past tragedies and by meaningful solutions we’ve heard from Arizonans across the state. School safety is a top priority for the entire state and we are committed to taking swift and decisive action to increase the safety of our communities.” -
Governor Ducey, March 2018

Arizona students have the right to feel safe in their classrooms and parents deserve peace of mind that their children are protected at school and in their communities. Learning from past tragedies and looking at the cracks in the system, areas have been identified where resources can be provided to protect against severe threats and close loopholes to better protect Arizonans while still guarding the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.

When developing these Arizona based solutions, Governor Ducey met with stakeholders from across the state including: students, parents, teachers, school administrators, behavioral and mental health professionals, law enforcement officers, county prosecutors, Democratic and Republican legislators, the Arizona Attorney General and the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction.

To address the shared concerns and priorities of these diverse groups, the Safe Arizona Schools Plan was developed.

Calls for action in the plan include:

  • Investing in mental and behavioral health resources at schools
  • Creating a central tip line for reporting school safety concerns
  • Restricting firearms access for dangerous individuals through a Severe Threat Order of Protection (STOP)
  • Enhancing background checks by improving the completeness and accuracy of the criminal history database
  • Increasing school resource officers and law enforcement resources for schools
  • Eliminating background check gaps

To view the complete details of the plan click HERE.

Resources:

SB 1519
Safe Arizona Schools Plan

Support for the Safe Arizona Schools Safety Plan

Arizona Charter Schools Association Statement on Safe Arizona Schools Plan
Arizona Rural Schools Association Statement On Safe Arizona Schools Plan  
ASBA Supports Governor Ducey's Safe Arizona Schools Action Plan
A for Arizona Statement on Safe Arizona Schools Plan

NEWS

Associated Press: Ducey's School Safety Plan Includes $11M for Campus Police
Governor Ducey On Channel 3's Good Morning Arizona

Tucson News Now: Gov. Ducey Announces Safe AZ Schools Plan
KTAR: Ducey Introduces Comprehensive Plan to Address School Safety
KVOA: Governor Ducey's School Safety Plan
Phoenix New Times: Here's What's in Governor Ducey's Gun Safety Plan for Schools
Arizona Capitol Times: Ducey School-Shooter Proposal Adds Cops, Mental- health Services to Campuses
AZ Family: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Rolls Out School Safety Package
AZ Central: Roberts: Gov. Doug Ducey's Gun Proposal is a Good Start

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