Toughened school safety bill wins final passage

Public schools, already required to have written crisis management plans, will now have to coordinate those plans with local law enforcement and emergency preparedness officials — and hold annual safety drills to rehearse them.

House Bill 718 rewriting Louisiana’s school safety law received final passage Thursday with a unanimous Senate vote. It comes in response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

It would require classroom doors to remain locked during instructional time, as long as that’s in compliance with fire safety standards.

School crisis management plans won’t be subject to Louisiana’s public records law.

HB718 by Rep. Bob Hensgens, R-Abbeville, heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is expected to sign the bill.