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Tennessee Prioritizes Commonsense School Safety

Governor Bill Lee, School Leaders and Law Enforcement Work to Ensure a Safe Return for Students & Staff

Governor Bill Lee recently shared an update on the safety and security enhancements districts across Tennessee have made in preparation for the 2022-2023 school year. In response to Executive Order 97, signed in June, state and district leaders have worked to enhance school safety and promote community engagement. The Executive Order focused on engaging families and increasing transparency and collaboration with local law enforcement and district leaders. Governor Lee’s order aimed to build upon the foundation of common-sense school safety measures Tennessee has previously implemented, including the SAVE Act and the Safe Schools Act. These most recent updates reinforce Tennessee’s commitment to building a culture of whole-child safety on school campuses by engaging the whole community.

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our children, and I thank Tennesseans for doing their part as
we continue our coordinated effort to protect students and teachers across the state.”

– Governor Bill Lee

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How Navigate360 Can Support Tennessee’s Commitment to Comprehensive School Safety

An Overview of Tennessee School Safety Standards

Executive Order 97

For Parents:

  • Creation of a School Safety Resource and Engagement Guide to provide information on how to effectively engage and advocate for safe conditions at their child’s school
  • Promotion of Safe TN app for anonymously reporting safety concerns

For Schools:

  • Guidance from state agencies on best practices for implementing annual school security assessments
  • Increased unannounced audits of building security
Executive Order 97
  • Supplemental information on available financial resources for school security
  • Updated School Safety Plan Template
  • Direction to request permission from the federal government to use existing federal ESSER funds to conduct independent safety assessments
  • Reappropriation of staff to focus on safety, mental health and family and community engagement
  • Development of additional school safety training and educational materials for educators and school leaders

For Law Enforcement:

  • Recommended evaluation of training standards by the Department of Commerce & Insurance
  • Assessment by the Department of Commerce & Insurance of the need for active-shooter training for armed guards in non-public schools
  • Implementation of increased requirement efforts

Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Act

The purpose of this legislation is to establish specific and consistent requirements that support the creation of a supportive learning environment that strives to reduce potential risks to the greatest extent possible, including training administrators and staff to identify students exhibiting early warning signs of potential violence. It established the requirement for a comprehensive emergency operations plan developed in collaboration with local emergency response agencies to be submitted every five years or following any major change to the document. This plan must include the following:

  • Written code of conduct
  • Policy in place to prevent and respond to harassment and bullying
  • Formal procedures to receive, investigate and respond to threats, acts of violence or any misconduct
  • Clearly established roles and responsibilities of school resource officers
  • Formal policies governing who is allowed on school campuses and check in/out process for visitors
  • Required criminal background checks for all teachers and employees working in close proximity to children
  • Prohibition of weapons in any educational facility
  • Annual inspection by certified fire marshal
  • Implementation of procedures to ensure regular emergency drills are conducted
  • Formal procedures for responding to firearms on campus that include immediately notifying local law enforcement

Safe Schools Act

This act established funds for all public schools to implement solutions that will decrease the likelihood of violent or disruptive behavior and to protect students and staff from harm when such behavior may occur. The money can be spent on the following:

  • Facility security & planning
  • School safety personnel
  • Violence prevention
  • Training & drills
  • Behavioral health

Navigate360 Can Help You Comply with School Safety Requirements and Set a New Standard of Safety Within Your District

As the only school safety partner focused on whole-child wellbeing and success, we offer a robust suite of holistic solutions that work better together.

The CARE Project: Providing Behavioral Threat Assessment (BTA) and Suicide Prevention Training at No Cost to Tennessee Districts!

The CARE Project – which stands for Connect Assess Respond Engage – is led by Learning Forward Tennessee in collaboration with TOSS, Navigate360, the Tennessee School Safety Center and Safe and Sound Schools.

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice and Bureau of Justice Assistance, it provides Behavioral Threat Assessment (BTA) and Suicide Prevention Training at no cost to an estimated 900 school community teams in Tennessee.

BTA training was originally developed by the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education to assist schools in identifying and intervening with students or other members of the school community whose behavior indicates they may pose a threat to themselves or others. Threat assessment protocols are recognized as a best practice in school safety. Additionally, Tennessee schools are authorized by state law to establish BTA teams in collaboration with local law enforcement entities and are protected from liability when acting within the scope and function of these teams.

Tennessee law also requires districts to develop suicide prevention policies and training. The CARE Project provides an accessible option for Tennessee districts and schools to participate in training related to these important practices.

Directors who wish for their district to participate in this program are asked to identify a district-level point of contact to coordinate team recruitment and registration. Questions regarding this project can be directed to Barry Olhausen or Mike Herrmann, project manager, at [email protected].

Safety & Security Solutions

Safety & Security Solutions

Safety & Security Suite: Operating as a single visitor, volunteer, panic button and emergency management solution set, our Safety & Security Suite integrates Emergency Management and Visitor & Volunteer Management to ensure real-time, whole-campus oversight and accountability and improve communication pathways. The suite provides a variety of features, including silent panic alarms, robust safety checks, guidance to ensure Department of Education (DOE) compliance and comprehensive site mapping.

Risk Assessment: As the only Expert Service Consultants internationally recognized by A.M. Best’s Client Recommended Expert Service Providers for Risk Assessments, Navigate360’s team of board-certified Physical Security Professionals (PSPs) are exceptionally qualified to perform your risk assessment, which can give you peace of mind to stay focused on your school’s critical safety and security missions.

Site Mapping : Navigate360’s site mapping service provides EMS customers with an interactive map for first responders and staff with 360° views of every room in the structure. Enable first responders to get where the help is needed first with speed and efficiency. Site mapping is designed for leaders who plan for the worst-case scenario while laying the foundation for a culture of safety and preparedness.

ALICE Training®: The ALICE program is a proactive, options-based active shooter response training program that empowers students and staff to survive in the face of violence. This trauma-informed, age- and ability-appropriate training program provides your schools with both eLearning and in-person instruction options and teaches proven techniques for safety drills and emergency response.

Detect: Detect is the most comprehensive, all-encompassing digital safety solution available. This software helps identify and address a student’s intent to harm themselves or others by scanning digital content in real time and notifying school administrators of harm language found in school-owned email and public social media. It also utilizes a web indexing database of 3 billion URLs to protect students from potentially harmful content.

Behavioral Threat & Suicide Case Management: This single solution will provide your school’s mental health professionals and behavioral threat assessment team members with evidence-based case management software that allows for continuum of care documentation and analytics reporting to proactively improve outcomes for students of concern.

Suite360 for Students: Help your students reach their full potential and thrive with the most comprehensive, evidence-based social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum available. Suite360 for Students includes scaffolded lessons for grades K-12, engaging content that students understand and diverse topics that help to produce well-rounded students.

Suite360 for Staff: Support your staff by educating and equipping them with on-demand digital courses to provide for students’ and staff members’ social-emotional and mental health needs. Empower teachers and school staff to address complex issues students face today and increase the inclusivity and consistency of your SEL program by ensuring your staff is properly prepared.

Mental Health & Awareness Solutions

Suite360 for Families: Fully welcome caregivers into their children’s social-emotional education with these web-based and mobile lessons that equip them to have smart conversations with their children about today’s toughest challenges. Lessons are aligned with what children are learning to prepare families to effectively support their child’s development.

Mental Health & Prevention: Navigate360 provides mental health awareness tools to address tough mental health and safety-related topics. With professionally developed resources for students, staff and families, everyone can care for their own mental health and respond appropriately when they or someone they care about is in need.

Intervention & Restorative Practices: Turn discipline into a learning opportunity by providing students with lessons based on their infraction, providing a better alternative to detention and suspension and improving decision-making moving forward. With the most comprehensive, continuously updated library of lessons, students have access to individualized lessons based on their behavior, cognitive level and ability.

Navigate360 Offers Holistic Solutions that Support Students, Schools & Communities


We know it takes more than a single solution to take care of the whole child and the schools and community that surround them, which is why we believe in solutions that work better together. From prevention all the way through response and recovery, we can provide end-to-end solutions that keep your students, teachers and staff safe.

Building a comprehensive safety plan can be a daunting task, but we are here to help. Speak with one of our safety specialists today to learn how you can maximize this additional funding to build a holistic ecosystem of whole-child safety this year.