A recent school security assessment has found “significant security and safety issues” across 165 Baltimore schools.

The Maryland General Assembly passed a law requiring every district in the state to conduct a building security system evaluation of each school in its jurisdiction before the start of this upcoming academic year, reports the Baltimore Sun.

The security assessment was required under the state’s Safe to Learn Act of 2018. The law mandates each school system conduct a safety evaluation for each building and identify any patterns of concern. has found, according to the news report, The assessment found, among other things:

  • Surveillance cameras are limited in coverage, leaving several schools with “dead spots." Schools are also inconsistent with how long they store video footage, ranging from one to 60 days.
  • Emergency and exterior lighting is poor at many schools.
  • Metal detectors are not used consistently.