CISA, along with other organizations throughout government, law enforcement, and communities nationwide, is postured to continually enhance school safety and security. These resources help schools prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to, and recover from emergency situations. This includes addressing the factors that lead to violence, safeguarding schools, students, and staff from an incident, and prioritizing prevention efforts. Schools can use these tools to develop an actionable, comprehensive, and customizable targeted violence prevention plan that maintains a safe and supportive learning environment for everyone.
This site provides a one-stop-shop for federal school safety resources, programs, and actionable recommendations for creating a safe environment where students can thrive. It aims to share best practices and strategies to help K-12 school safety community members safeguard schools.
Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model: An Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence
This guide provides actionable steps schools can take to develop comprehensive targeted violence prevention plans for conducting threat assessments in schools.
Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model: Executive Summary
This summary provides actionable steps for developing comprehensive targeted violence prevention plans for conducting threat assessments. This model focuses on decreasing the risk of students engaging in violence against themselves or the school community and can be customized to fit a specific school’s needs.
K-12 School Security Guide (2nd Edition) and School Security Survey
This guide 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 an individual school's survey responses. While the primary audience for the guide is the K-12 community, the information may also be useful for higher education institutions or pre-K schools.
School Safety and Security
This site provides free tools and resources for communities to connect, plan, train, and report threats to different institutions. It includes guides and information on school safety, insider threats, violence against faith-based venues, and explosive devices.
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Campus Resilience Program Resource Library
This website provides campus resilience program resources for the academic community to address a range of threats and hazards affecting schools and campuses nationwide. The resources help increase awareness of current risks and threats in the academic community; provide tools and content for schools to measure specific campus vulnerabilities; include best practice guides and templates to help schools act; and list opportunities for schools to evaluate their preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.