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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.

   

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.

Read more: Training & Consultation Services to Meet New Safe Schools Grant Opportunities

   

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:

National Association of School Psychologists

American School Counselor Association

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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.

Read more: Risk and Vulnerability Assessments

   

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).

Read more: Key Principles for School Security in Planning for Reductions in Force

   

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