Center for Safe Schools (CSS) offers a variety of resources to support your school, organization and community.

Emergency Management Resources

Active Shooter Drills: Guide & Resource (April 2020)

Best Practice Considerations for Armed Assailant Drills in Schools – National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

Building Youth Preparedness and School Safety Capacity by Integrating Educational Initiatives

CPR Programs for Schools– through the Red Cross

Disaster Distress Helpline– National crisis helpline

Family Reunification Guide– PDF of best practices for schools

Fire Drills, School Security Drills, and School Bus Evacuations

FEMA Incident Command System 100-free training

FEMA Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for School– free training

Helping Students Cope With the Preparation and Aftermath of Natural Disasters (9.11.20)– PDF resource

REMS Technical Assistance Center – provides trainings on emergency management topics with certificates– website for preparedness

Recovery From Large-Scale Crises: Guidelines for Crisis Teams and Administrators

Reunification Following School Evacuation: Guidelines for Administrators and Crisis Response Teams

Rocket Rules for PreK through 3rd – website with free program/videos

The Role Of Districts In Developing High-quality School Emergency Operation Plans: At a Glance

Safety Readiness Toolsurvey for schools to discover their safety readiness

NEW! School Safety After the Bell Rings – PDF article by Joey Melvin published in the Winter 2023 of Pennsylvania Administrator

School Safety Drills and Exercises for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Tips and Resources for Educators

Summary of Resources for State, Local, Tribal, Territorial, and Campus Law Enforcement Partners– PDF from DHS

Ten Minute Tabletop – website with ideas on different topics for tabletop themes for schools

Pennsylvania Legislation Resources

Act 44

Act 55

Please visit our legislation page for excerpts from key school safety legislation.

Mental Health Resources

Family Digital Wellness – free resources to help families talk to their children about being a good digital citizen

Me & My Emotions – free lessons for 13+

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health kits – free kits for gamers that educators order for students or staff

National Maternal Mental Health Hotline Call or text 1-833-943-5746 (1-833-9-HELP4MOMS)

Providing Psychological First Aid: Teachers

Trauma ScreenTime – courses to learn how to screen children for trauma

Youth Violence Prevention Resources

School Safety and Climate Resources

Center for Humane Technology– Youth toolkit for school districts and educators

Considerations for Social Media Monitoring and Response– examples of implementing social media monitoring systems

Cyber Safety Video Series– Tips on how to stay safe online

Digital Futures Initiatives-Resources for educators and parents on creating good digital citizens

Guiding Principles for Creating Safe, Inclusive, Supportive, and Fair School Climates – link to a pdf

NASP School Climate, Safety and Crisis

National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO)

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments

PCCD School Safety and Security Assessment Criteria Toolkit – Learn more about Act 44 assessments guidelines

Podcast: What is the Role of a School Resource Officer? Part 1

Smokeless Saturday -Vaping intervention program

SAVE Promise Club– Learn more about starting a club in your school

Start with Hello– Free program from Sandy Hook Promise

Recommended Book Resources

CSS recommended book resources for bullying prevention, digital safety, emergency operation planning, personal preparedness, school climate, social-emotional learning, teacher (for kids) and threat assessment.