School safety reporting programs are designed to provide students and other community members with a trusted avenue for seeking help and reporting concerns when issues arise involving student wellness or safety. These systems facilitate early intervention when concerns are reported, thereby helping to prevent targeted violence and other negative outcomes in K-12 schools. In a combined effort to improve and encourage reporting, CISA’s School Safety Task Force and the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center have partnered to develop the K-12 Bystander Reporting Toolkit.
“Improving School Safety Through Bystander Reporting: A Toolkit for Strengthening K-12 Reporting Programs” offers simple strategies and guidance K-12 schools and school districts can use to implement and enhance safety reporting programs and encourage bystander reporting among students and other members of the school community. It is designed to help school leaders create tailored, customized approaches that meet the needs of their unique communities and is applicable to schools and school districts at various levels of maturity in their approach to reporting.