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For nearly two decades, the Center for Safe Schools has been committed to serving as a statewide clearinghouse for schools, law enforcement, parents and others on school safety and youth violence prevention. Through expert staff, as well as access to a network of state and national researchers and practitioners, the Center provides state-of-the-art professional development and technical assistance to schools throughout the Commonwealth.
Center for Safe Schools is Sad to Announce the Death of Donald W. Smith, Jr.
December 8, 2015 – It is with great sadness that the Center for Safe Schools announces that emergency planning and response management coordinator, Donald W. Smith, Jr., passed away Friday following a five-year battle with cancer.
Don was a charismatic and compassionate professional who devoted his career and life to keeping communities and schools safe.
The professional relationship and personal friendship we had with Don have been a source of enrichment and enjoyment to all of us. Don was held in the highest regard by his Center colleagues and by many others with whom he worked in school safety, law enforcement and emergency response.
Center staff will remember Don for his energy, optimism, enthusiasm, good humor and tireless efforts. He will be dearly missed.
Free Resources Available from the Pennsylvania State Police
The Domestic Security Division of the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) provides free services to assist schools. For technical assistance, other requests or to sign up for active shooter training contact PSP at email@example.com.
Training & Consultation Services to Meet New Safe Schools Grant Opportunities
The Pennsylvania Department of Education recently announced the availability of grant funding to support targeted programs addressing school violence and training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers. Through expert staff, as well as access to a network of state and national researchers and practitioners, the Center provides customized technical assistance, training and consultation services to schools throughout the commonwealth for these targeted programs.
Response to Sandy Hook Tragedy
In the aftermath of a school tragedy, it is important that educators and community leaders provide appropriate information and support to children and adults who may be experiencing anxiety and stress. At such times, it is also important for communities to renew their commitments to taking steps to ensure school and community safety. The following websites provide reliable information for those involved in these efforts:
10-Point School Safety Checklist – A response from The Center for Safe Schools
School Shooters: An Awareness Program for School Staff – A free online video from Center for Safe Schools
Risk and Vulnerability Assessments
In an effort to keep our schools safe, crime-free environments and to protect them from a terrorist attack, the Center for Safe Schools would like to make all school administrators aware of RISK AND VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENTS (PDF), an initiative of the Pennsylvania State Police, offered free of charge. Assessments provide comprehensive examinations of physical facilities and operational procedures; identify critical assets, threat potential and vulnerabilities; and offer recommendations to improve security.
Key Principles for School Security in Planning for Reductions in Force
In light of ongoing budgetary cutbacks and resulting large-scale lay-offs around the nation, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) and its Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center developed a checklist, Key Principles for School Security in Planning for Reductions in Force (RIFs).