State of Nevada Executive Order - Executive Department

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2018-5 

Order Establishing the Statewide School Safety Task Force

WHEREAS, the safety of Nevada’s schoolchildren is a matter of unparalleled importance and significance;
WHEREAS, school superintendents, principals, teachers, and state and district officials should be commended on the advances which make our schools safer, and the diligence and dedication with which they have approached this issue;
WHEREAS, despite these advances, the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida demonstrates the real danger posed by an active shooter to students, teachers and staff on a school campus;
WHEREAS, it is imperative that the State of Nevada devote its resources toward making schools as safe as possible, so that students are free to learn, grow, and excel, becoming the citizens and leaders of tomorrow; and
WHEREAS, Article 5, Section 1 of the Nevada Constitution provides that, “The supreme executive power of this State, shall be vested in a Chief Magistrate who shall be Governor of the State of Nevada.”
NOW, THEREFORE, by the authority vested in me as Governor by the Constitution and laws of the State of Nevada and the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:

 

  1. The Statewide School Safety Task Force (Task Force) is hereby established.
  2. The Governor shall appoint all members of the Task Force. In selecting members, the Governor may consider the following:
    1. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction
    2. A member of the Nevada State Senate
    3. A member of the Nevada State Assembly
    4. The superintendent of the Clark County School District or his or her designee 
    5. The superintendent of the Washoe County School District or his or her designee
    6. A superintendent from a rural school district 
    7. An elementary or secondary school principal
    8. A representative from the Charter School Association of Nevada or its designee
    9. A school board trustee 
    10. An elementary or secondary school teacher
    11. A school behavioral health care professional or social worker
    12. A representative from the Department of Health and Human Services
    13. A school resource officer or a member of law enforcement
    14. A parent of a child enrolled in grades K-12
    15. An expert or professional in the field of juvenile justice
    16. The student representative to the State Board of Education
    17. Anyone else deemed necessary by the Governor
  3. The Governor shall designate the Chair of the committee. 
  4. 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. 
  5. The Task Force shall deliver an initial report of its activities to the Governor on or before August 1, 2018. This report shall include:
    1. A review of current law related to school safety; and
    2. A summary of any recommended actions that can immediately be taken to improve school safety, including:
      1. Any bill draft or budgetary requests necessary to enact these recommendations 
      2. A draft of any Executive Order necessary to enact these recommendations
      3. Any proposed model policy for adoption by individual school districts
      4. Any other information deemed necessary by the Task Force 
  6. The Task Force shall deliver a final report of its activities to the Governor on or before November 30, 2018. This report shall include:
    1. A summary of not more than ten long term recommendations to improve safety in Nevada’s schools, identifying how best to enact these recommendations;
    2. Any proposed legislation necessary to enact these recommendations;
    3. Any budgetary requests necessary to enact these recommendations;
    4. A draft of any Executive Order necessary to enact these recommendations; 
    5. Any proposed model policy for adoption by individual school districts; and 
    6. Any other information deemed necessary by the Task Force
  7. Members of the Task Force shall receive no compensation for their service, and shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
  8. The Task Force shall meet at the discretion and direction of its Chair.
  9. The Nevada Department of Education shall provide administrative support to the Task Force.
  10. 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.
  11. 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. 
  12. 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.
  13. The Task Force shall cease to exist on December 31, 2018, unless authorized by further Executive Order. 

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 19th day of  March, in the year two thousand  eighteen.