FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to authorize individual school boards to create, establish,
and supervise individual school sentinel programs to promote school safety.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. Any school board may create, establish, and supervise the arming of school
employees, hired security personnel, or volunteers in such manner and according to such
protocols as the board, in its sole discretion, may believe to be most likely to secure or enhance
the deterrence of physical threat and defense of the school, its students, its staff, and members
of the public on the school premises against violent attack by any terrorist, criminal, deranged
person, or other perpetrator of deadly force.
Section 2. Before any school board may implement any school sentinel program pursuant
to section 1 of this Act, the school board shall interface with any law enforcement agency that
has enforcement jurisdiction over the school premises. Any material changes in the school
sentinel program's personnel or protocols shall be reported to such law enforcement agency
Section 3. No school board, in implementing the provisions of section 1 of this Act, may
arm any individual teacher or other school employee without the latter's free, willing, and
voluntary consent. No individual teacher or other school employee may be censured, criticized,
or discriminated against for unwillingness or refusal to carry firearms pursuant to this Act.
Section 4. No provision of § 13-32-7 or any other provisions of state statute is effective to
restrict or limit the provisions of this Act. However, nothing in this Act authorizes any person
to carry a concealed weapon without a valid permit.
Section 5. The failure or refusal of any school board to implement a school sentinel program
does not constitute a cause of action against the board, the school district, or any of its