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Office for Safe Schools

Pennsylvania School Attendance Improvement and Truancy Reduction Toolkit

Office for Safe Schools Regulations

Safe Schools Grants

2014-2015 Safe Schools Targeted Grants

2013-14 School Resource Office/School Police Officer Grant Awardees

2013-2014 Safe Schools Initiative Targeted Grant Awardess (PDF)

School Climate

Bullying Prevention Best Practices (PDF)

Pennsylvania Positive
Behavior Support Network

Safe and Supportive Schools

Suicide Prevention Resources for Schools (PDF)

Emergency Management Planning

Safe Schools Brochure (PDF)

School Plan Template (PDF)

School Plan Toolkit

Hazardous Materials Preparedness

PEMA Exercises and Trainings

Sample Superintendent's Letter - Parental Notification on
Continued Warnings About
Potential Threats

School Safety/Data Reporting

Safe Schools Reporting
of Historical Data

Persistently Dangerous Schools

Article XIIIA - Safe Schools (PDF)

School Safety/Security Assessments

Safe Routes to School

Safe Bicycle Skills for Youth

Crossing Guard Trainings

Walk or Roll to School

The Incident Command System (PDF)

Security Staff Definitions (PDF)

Other Links of Interest

All Hazards School Safety Toolkit

Chapter 10 (PDF)

Deliberate Indifference Webinar

House Bill 101, Act 104

Model Memorandum of Understanding with Law Enforcement Agency (PDF)

Mutual Aid Agreement


Section 1205.6 of the Public
School Code of 1949
Child Abuse Recognition
and Reporting Training
Frequently Asked Questions


Student Assistance Program

Office for Safe Schools coordinates school safety and security programs, collection of the annual school violence statistics, coordination of antiviolence efforts, and development of policies and strategies to combat school violence. The office supports and provides technical assistance and professional development programs in the following areas and security-related activities to support school safety: crisis intervention, school police training, violence prevention, and social/emotional wellness and safety provides services to all local school entities.

ACT 126 – Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Act

Announcing NEW Federal Guidance on Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Schools and Institutions of Higher Education.
The Technical Assistance Center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS) to support schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education, with their community partners, in the development of high-quality emergency operations plans (EOPs) and comprehensive emergency management planning efforts announces new federal guidance for developing Emergency Operations Plans. Go to http://rems.ed.gov/

Safety Checklist for IEP Teams

This is a resource developed by Education Resources for Children with Hearing Loss (ERCHL) committee which is an advisory committee to the Bureau of Special Education. Its purpose is to serve as an additional resource for consideration by the IEP teams and safety committees in public schools that provide services to students who are deaf/hard of hearing. Due to the unique nature of the communication needs of students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind, it is suggested that individualized education program (IEP) teams use this checklist to assure that students have full access to the language and implementation of safety plans. This list is intended to guide discussions to determine needs and supports for students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind during emergency situations.

Safety Checklist for IEP Teams (PDF)

PA Truancy Toolkit

The Pennsylvania School Attendance Improvement and Truancy Reduction Toolkit is designed to provide provides resources and strategies for educators, child welfare professionals and court personnel to effectively address truancy in their local community.   The toolkit is web-based in order to enable for updates and changes in the future as required by any changes in the School Code.  All future updates and/or changes will be annotated with the effective date.

This Toolkit was revised effective February 26, 2015.  The revision has been developed through a recommendation of the Educational Success and Truancy Prevention Workgroup and the collaboration of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, the Office of Pennsylvania Courts/Office of Children and Families in the Courts, Magistrate District Judge representatives, Juvenile Probation representative, and school entity representatives and the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission.  The revision task force reviewed all elements of the original document for accuracy and currency.
The toolkit includes:

  • Early Identification and Intervention
  • Overview of Legal Responsibilities
  • Systemic Approaches
  • Parent/Family Involvement
  • Cross Agency Intervention
  • Implementation Tools & Strategies
  • Funding for Implementation of Truancy Prevention Programs
  • Truancy Reduction Resources
Model Dating Violence Policy

Model Dating Violence Policy - Final (PDF)
Model Dating Violence Student Complaint Form (PDF)
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Traumatic Brain Injury

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is committed to expanding public knowledge regarding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and increasing coordination and integration within existing service delivery systems, thereby enhancing the infrastructure needed to persons with TBI and their Families. To learn more about services available for individuals with brain injury and their families, please contact the toll free Brain Injury Help Line at 1-866-412-4755 and speak with a Brain Injury Specialist. Specialists are available from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Traumatic Brain Injury (PA Department of Health Website)
Sports-Related Concussion and Head Injury Fact Sheet and Acknowledgement Form (Word)
Medical Return to Athletic Participation Form (Word)

Head Trauma

The General Assembly of Pennsylvania recently passed SB 200, the Safety in Youth Sports Act. The Act establishes standards for managing concussions and traumatic brain injuries to student athletes; assigns duties to the Department of Health and the Department of Education; and imposes penalties.

Safety in Youth Sports Act

For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Head Injury Program.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The Department of Health in consultation with the PA School Boards Association, the Department of Education and other key stakeholders is providing information that will serve as the training course for athletic coaches to read and sign in compliance with Act 59.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act (Act 59 of 2012)

For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health's website.

Crisis Response Planning

Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities (PDF)
The U.S. Department of Education has developed this guide to give schools, districts, and communities, the critical concepts and components of good crisis planning, stimulate thinking about the crisis preparedness process, and provide examples of promising practices (2003)

Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools
Published by the U.S. Department of Education, offers research-based practices designed to assist school communities identify these warning signs early and develop prevention, intervention and crisis response plans. The guide includes sections on: Characteristics of a School that is Safe and Responsive to All Children; Early Warning Signs; Getting Help for Troubled Children; Developing a Prevention and Response Plan; Responding to Crisis; Resources; and Methodology, Contributors, and Research Support.

PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) is a private nonprofit organization working at the state and national levels to eliminate domestic violence, secure justice for victims, enhance safety for families and communities, and create lasting systems and social change.

PCADV coordinates these efforts with its statewide network of programs, which provides 24-hour emergency hotlines, shelter, counseling, legal advocacy and representation, healthcare-based advocacy, childrens programs, transitional housing and many other free and confidential services.

Training Opportunities

To learn more about training opportunities, please contact Tracy Griffith, Training Institute Manager by email at training@pcadv.org or by phone at 1-800-932-4632 ext. 190. www.pcadv.org

Pennsylvania School Climate Standards

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is committed to the goals of knowing all children by name, ensuring that all children graduate from high school ready for post-secondary education or the workforce, and supporting all children to become productive citizens and life-long learners. To achieve these goals, the entire school community must establish a learning environment where each student has access to high academic expectations and feels safe, accepted, and connected to caring adults and peers.

'School climate', defined by the National School Climate Center, reflects the character and quality of school life, and includes the norms and expectations of the school organization.

The proposed standards consist of two main sets, School Climate Standards and Student Interpersonal Skills Standards. The first set is focused at the local education agency and school-community level. The second set details key student-focused interpersonal skills that all youth need in order to become successful learners and contributing citizens.

The standards will serve as a complementary framework for the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Standards Aligned System, the Wellness/Resiliency Approach, the Response to Intervention and Instruction requirements, and the School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Iinitiative.

These eight draft standards were reviewed by the State Board of Education at the January, 2010 meeting. As part of the regulatory process, the standards will be vetted via state roundtable discussions in June.

Pennsylvania School Climate Standards - Draft (PDF)
Pennsylvania Interpersonal Skills Standards- Draft (PDF)

Center for Social and Emotional Education
Collaborative For Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

For additional information, please contact:

Michael J. Kozup |
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Safe Schools Office
333 Market Street, 5th Fl | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.705.0353 | Fax: 717.783.2008
mkozup@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us