K-12 School Security Guide and Companion Products


K-12 School Security Guide (3rd Edition) and School Security Assessment Tool

K-12 School Security Guide (3rd ed., 2022) provides a comprehensive doctrine and systems-based methodology to support schools in conducting vulnerability assessments and planning to implement layered physical security elements across K–12 districts and campuses. The primary focus will be on protection and mitigation measures and strategies schools should consider in their broader school safety enterprise. The guide is designed and organized for local education agencies to employ in conjunction with the K-12 School Security Assessment Tool (SSAT), a web-based tool that provides further guidance on school physical security planning and implementation. Together, this guide and the companion tool outline action-oriented security practices and options for consideration across the K-12 school community. 

K-12 School Security Guide 3rd Ed. (2022)(.pdf, 3.3mb)

K-12 School Security Assessment Tool (2022)

K-12 School Security Assessment Tool – User Guide (2022)(.pdf, 2mb)

K-12 School Security Assessment Tool – Technical Appendix (2022)(.pdf, 2.1mb)

To help users understand the sections of the K-12 School Security Assessment Tool (SSAT), CISA has developed a short “how-to” video which provides voice-over instructions walking users through each section of the tool and depicts screenshots during each step of the process. Users with additional questions beyond this video should refer to the K-12 School Security Assessment Tool User Guide or Technical Appendix, listed above. 

K-12 School Security Guide (2nd Edition) and School Security Survey

K-12 School Security: A Guide for Preventing and Protecting against Gun Violence (2nd ed., 2018) provides preventive and protective measures to address the threat of gun violence in schools. The Guide is delivered in two parts:  the first portion is a PDF with general security best practices and considerations in narrative format; while the second portion is a Microsoft Excel-based security survey. Together, these documents outline action-oriented security practices and options for consideration based on the results of the individual school’s responses to the survey. While the primary audience for the Guide is the K-12 community, institutions of higher education or pre-K schools may also benefit from the information presented.

K-12 School Security Guide 2nd Ed. (2018)(.pdf, 324 kb)

K-12 School Security Survey (2018)(.xlsm, 217 kb)

If you have questions about these products, please reach out to CISA’s School Safety Task Force (SchoolSafety@hq.dhs.gov) or your local Protective Security Advisor (PSA). If you do not know your local PSA, please send an email to the National Infrastructure Coordinating Center at nicc@hq.dhs.gov.

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