ENTITLED, An Act to provide for the creation of school sentinel programs and for the training of
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 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. Those so authorized shall be referred to as school sentinels.
Section 2. Before any school board may implement any school sentinel program pursuant to
section 1 of this Act, or effect any material changes in the personnel or protocols of the school
sentinel program, the school board shall obtain the approval of the law enforcement official who has
jurisdiction over the school premises. Any material changes in the school sentinel program's
personnel or protocols shall be reported to all law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction over the
school premises forthwith.
Section 3. Any person who acts as a school sentinel, pursuant to section 1 of this Act, shall first
successfully complete a school sentinel training course as defined by the Law Enforcement Officers
Standards Commission pursuant to subdivision 23-3-35(16).
Section 4. 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 5. 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 6. 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 employees.
Section 7. That § 23-3-35 be amended to read as follows:
23-3-35. In addition to powers conferred upon the Law Enforcement Officers Standards
Commission elsewhere in this chapter, the commission may:
(1) Promulgate rules for the administration of §§ 23-3-26 to 23-3-47, inclusive, including the
authority to require the submission of reports and information by law enforcement
agencies within this state;
(2) Establish minimum educational and training standards for admission to employment as
a law enforcement officer:
(a) In permanent positions; and
(b) In temporary or probationary status;
(3) Certify persons as being qualified under the provisions of §§ 23-3-26 to 23-3-47,
inclusive, to be law enforcement officers, and by rule to establish criteria and procedure
for the revocation or suspension of the certification of officers who have been convicted
of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, have intentionally falsified any
application or document to achieve certification, or have been discharged from
employment for cause, or have engaged in conduct unbecoming of a law enforcement
(4) Establish minimum curriculum requirements for preparatory, in-service, and advanced
courses and programs for schools operated by or for the state or any political subdivisions
of the state for the specific purpose of training recruits or other law enforcement officers;
(5) Consult and cooperate with counties, municipalities, agencies of this state, other
governmental agencies, and with universities, colleges, junior colleges, and other
institutions concerning the development of law enforcement training schools and
programs or courses of instruction;
(6) Approve institutions and facilities for school operation by or for the state or any political
subdivision of the state for the specific purpose of training law enforcement officers and
(7) Make or encourage studies of any aspect of police administration;
(8) Conduct and stimulate research by public and private agencies which is designed to
improve police administration and law enforcement;
(9) Make recommendations concerning any matter within its purview pursuant to §§ 23-3-26
to 23-3-47, inclusive;
(10) Make such evaluations as may be necessary to determine if governmental units are
complying with the provisions of §§ 23-3-26 to 23-3-47, inclusive;
(11) Adopt and amend bylaws, consistent with law, for its internal management and control;
(12) Enter into contracts or do such things as may be necessary and incidental to the
administration of its authority pursuant to §§ 23-3-26 to 23-3-47, inclusive;
(13) License and regulate the activities of private or law enforcement polygraph and computer
voice stress analyzer examiners;
(14) Certify canine teams; and
(15) Establish minimum educational and training standards for newly selected county coroners
and advanced training standards for incumbent county coroners;
(16) Establish minimum educational and training standards for school sentinels authorized in
section 1 of this Act.
Section 8. That § 13-32-7 be amended to read as follows:
13-32-7. Any person, other than a law enforcement officer or school sentinel acting pursuant to
section 1 of this Act, who intentionally carries, has in his possession, stores, keeps, leaves, places,
or puts into the possession of another person, any firearm, or air gun, whether or not the firearm or
air gun is designed, adapted, used, or intended primarily for imitative or noisemaking purposes, or
any dangerous weapon, on or in any elementary or secondary school premises, vehicle, or building
or any premises, vehicle, or building used or leased for elementary or secondary school functions,
whether or not any person is endangered by such actions, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. This
section does not apply to starting guns while in use at athletic events, firearms, or air guns at firing
ranges, gun shows, and supervised schools or sessions for training in the use of firearms. This section
does not apply to the ceremonial presence of unloaded weapons at color guard ceremonies.
Section 9. A decision by a school board to implement a school sentinel program pursuant to
section 1 of this Act may be referred to a vote of the qualified voters of the school district by the
filing of a petition signed by five percent of the registered voters in the school district, based upon
the total number of registered voters at the last preceding general election. The board shall allow
sufficient time for the referendum process authorized in this section.
Section 10. A petition to refer a school board decision pursuant to section 9 of this Act may be
filed with the business manager of the school district within twenty days after its publication. The
filing of the petition shall require the submission of the decision to a vote of the qualified voters of
the school district for its rejection or approval.
Section 11. The petition shall contain the school board decision regarding the school sentinel
program and the date of its passage.
Section 12. Voters signing a referendum petition under section 9 of this Act shall comply with
the same requirements provided for counties under § 7-18A-11, and the petition shall be verified in
the same manner as provided for counties in § 7-18A-12.
Section 13. The election shall be held with the regular school district election.
Section 14. The business manager of the school district shall have the entire referred decision
published once a week for two successive weeks immediately preceding the election. The publication
shall include a notice stating the date of election.
Section 15. The business manager of the school district shall have ballots printed for the vote
upon the referred school board decision and have them distributed as other official ballots are
distributed. Such ballots shall conform as near as may be to the law governing the submission of
questions by the Legislature, except that the statement required to be printed on the ballots shall be
prepared by the state's attorney. All questions to be voted upon at the same election may be
submitted upon the same ballot.
Section 16. No referred school board decision regarding the school sentinel program becomes
operative unless approved by a majority of the votes cast for or against the same. If approved, the
decision shall take effect upon completion of the canvass of the election returns relating to the school
Section 17. No law enforcement officer or county sheriff, nor the Law Enforcement Officers
Standards Commission, Division of Criminal Investigation, Office of Attorney General, the State
of South Dakota, nor any agents, employees, or members thereof, is liable for any injury caused by,
related to, or resulting from:
(1) The implementation of the school sentinel program established by this Act;
(2) The adoption, promulgation, administration, or implementation of educational and
training standards for school sentinels;
(3) The training provided by the Law Enforcement Officers Standards Commission, the
Division of Criminal Investigation, the Office of Attorney General, or the state;
(4) The approvals required by the county sheriff under this Act; or
(5) The performance, administration, or implementation of any services or programs that
assist a school district in carrying out its duties under this Act.
Section 18. Nothing in this Act shall be deemed to waive the sovereign immunity of the public
entities of the State of South Dakota or of their employees.
An Act to provide for the creation of school sentinel programs and for the training of school
I certify that the attached Act
originated in the
HOUSE as Bill No. 1087
Speaker of the House
President of the Senate
Secretary of the Senate
House Bill No. 1087
File No. ____
Chapter No. ______
Received at this Executive Office
this _____ day of _____________ ,
20____ at ____________ M.
for the Governor
The attached Act is hereby
approved this ________ day of
______________ , A.D., 20___
STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA,
Office of the Secretary of State
Filed ____________ , 20___
at _________ o'clock __ M.
Secretary of State
Asst. Secretary of State