Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-(801-814) or the SAVE Act (Schools Against Violence in Education) establishes specific and consistent requirements for local education agencies in providing a safe school environment. The act also establishes a state-level safety team to provide guidance to school districts in their efforts to address, plan, and implement a comprehensive school safety planning strategy. Below is the product of that effort. Please find the SAVE Act Compliance Instrument/ Self-Assessment, District and School-Level Emergency Coordinators Spreadsheet, Compliance Package Coversheet with Assurances Statement, and Detailed Reporting Instructions to help ensure that your district is complying with all the requirements set forth. Additionally, a School-Level Evidence Inventory has been included to gather information for the district's inventory assessment found within the instrument. The SAVE Act Compliance Instrument provides a framework for emergency planning aimed at bringing together all available resources and stakeholders to provide for the safety of all of Tennessee’s students.
To begin developing or revising your existing plans review Guide for Developing High Quality School Emergency Operations Plans. Also find additional planning resources below that will help you comply with each of the planning requirements set forth.
Districts must submit all documents listed below in September of each year to show compliance with the SAVE Act requirements set forth. For the 2013-2014 school year, all LEAs must submit, electronically, a district Emergency Response Plan (ERP) to the Department of Education..
For additional information on the SAVE Act contact Lori Paisley at (615) 741-3248. For a list of current training events offered by the Office of Safe and Supportive Schools that support current emergency response planning click here.
* Please note that the deadline for the 2013-2014 school year is September 16, 2013.
Each school district and community is unique. Therefore, EOPs should be developed in collaboration with local emergency response agencies based on hazards within the community. For a best practices template or any assistance with EOPs, contact Lori Paisley at (615) 741-3248