The Statewide School Safety Task Force was created in 2018 by then Governor Brian Sandoval and was charged with, ensuring the safety of Nevada’s schoolchildren as a matter of unparalleled importance and significance. The original committee consisted of 26 individuals representing diverse interests and areas of expertise. The 2018 Task Force summitted a final report to Governor Sandoval detailing a series of recommendations deemed to be time-dependent and urged the State of Nevada to devote resources toward making schools as safe as possible. In 2019, SB 89 created NRS 388.1324 mandating the committee on statewide school safety continue. The 2020-2021 Task Force resumes the goal of the original committee in accordance with Nevada Revised Statute and is honored to submit final recommendations for consideration to the Governor and the Department of Education.
Statewide School Safety Task Force
- The mission of the Task Force shall be to identify and recommend those school safety practices best suited for implementation in some or all of Nevada’s schools, recognizing that not all schools are similarly situated.
- In accordance with NRS 388.1324, The Governor shall appoint a committee on statewide school safety. Appointments must be made to represent each of the geographic areas of the State and consist of:
- One representative of the Department of Education;
- One representative of the Department of Public Safety;
- One representative of the Division of Emergency Management of the Department of Public Safety;
- One representative of the Department of Health and Human Services;
- One representative who is a licensed teacher in this State;
- One representative who is the principal of a school in this State;
- One superintendent of a school district in this State;
- One school resource officer assigned to a school in this State;
- One person employed as a paraprofessional, as defined in NRS 391.008, by a school in this State;
- One school psychologist employed by a school in this State;
- One provider of mental health other than a psychologist who provides services to pupils at a school in this State;
- The State Fire Marshal or his or her designee;
- One parent or legal guardian of a pupil enrolled in a school in this State;
- At least two pupils enrolled in a school in this State; and
- Any other representative the Governor deems appropriate.
- Members of the Task Force shall receive no compensation for their service and shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
- The Task Force shall meet at the discretion and direction of its Chair.
- The Nevada Department of Education shall provide administrative support to the Task Force.
- The Chair will have the ability to issue guidelines for the operation of the Task Force and amend those guidelines as needed. The Chair may also form and appoint working groups or subcommittees as deemed necessary.
- Any meetings conducted by the Task Force or any subcommittee(s) thereof shall be subject to the Open Meeting Law, as codified in NRS Chapter 241.
- All records documenting the Task Force’s activities shall be retained and transferred to the State Archives for permanent retention in accordance with the State record retention policy.