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• School Survey on Crime and Safety
“The School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS) is the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics’ (NCES) primary source of school-level data on crime and safety. The SSOCS is a nationally representative cross-sectional survey of about 3,000 public elementary and secondary schools.”

• Violence in U.S. Public Schools: 2000 School Survey on Crime and Safety
This report presents the first analysis of the 2000 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS). Principals were asked about the amount of crime and violence, disciplinary actions, prevention programs and policies, and other school characteristics.

• Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2003
This report presents data on crime at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population from an array of sources–the National Crime Victimization Survey, the School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the School Survey on Crime and Safety and the School and Staffing Survey.

• Safe From Harm: An Online Anthology on School Security
To help school leaders understand the roots of youth violence and strategies to prevent it, the editors of American School Board Journal have gathered this selection of practical resources on school safety.

• Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities (2003)
“The Guide is intended 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.” Produced by the U.S. Department of Education.

• Emergency Planning
From the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, this site is designed to be a one-stop shop that provides school leaders with information they need to plan for any emergency, including natural disasters, violent incidents and terrorist acts.

• Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and to Creating Safe School Climates (May 2002)
This joint report from the Department of Education and the Secret Service “includes suggestions for developing a threat assessment team within a school or school district, steps to take when a threat or other information of concern comes to light, consideration about when to involve law enforcement personnel, issues of information sharing, and ideas for creating safe school climates.”

• APA HelpCenter: Warning Signs of Teen Violence
This “Warning Signs” online brochure is intended to help young people recognize when a classmate or friend might be a potential danger to themselves or others.

• Early Warning, Timely Response:  A Guide to Safe Schools
Produced by the U.S. departments of Education and Justice, this guide is designed to help school personnel, parents, community members and others identify early indicators of troubling and potentially dangerous student behavior. Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools offers research-based practices designed to assist school communities identify these warning signs early and develop prevention, intervention and crisis response plans.

• Safeguarding Our Children: An Action Guide
A follow-up to Early Warning, Timely Response, this guidebook was developed to help schools and communities prevent school violence by emphasizing early intervention and prevention, and the importance of teamwork among educators, mental health professionals, parents, and students.

• U.S. Department of Education Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program
The Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program is the Federal government’s primary vehicle for reducing drug, alcohol and tobacco use, and violence, through education and prevention activities in our nation’s schools.  Web site contains annual school safety statistics, related resources, more.

• School Violence Prevention (Center for Mental Health Services)
“The CMHS initiative on school violence focuses on the collective involvement of families, communities, and schools to build resiliency to disruptive behavior disorders.”

• PAVNET Online
PAVNET Online is a virtual library of information about violence and youth-at-risk, representing data from seven different Federal agencies.

• From Words to Weapons: The Violence Surrounding Our Schools
Report from a study, conducted by ACLU, Cal State Los Angeles and USC. 1,802 students at 11 high schools and several continuation schools of the Los Angeles Unified School District were surveyed on a range of issues related to their experiences with violence, their own and their friends’ weapons possession and their suggestions for ways to lessen violence, racial tension and conflict.

• Center For the Prevention of School Violence
The Center focuses on ensuring that schools are safe and secure so that every student is able to attend a school that is safe and secure, one that is free of fear and  conducive to learning. Web site includes research briefs and bulletins, feature articles, more.

• National School Safety and Security Services
Provides school Security training, school safety planning, crisis preparedness, gang awareness, security assessments, and management resources for schools and communities, along with practical strategies to address school safety threats such as bombs and bomb threats, drug abuse and sales, concealed weapons possession, gangs, computer offenses, student threats, juvenile crime, violence prevention, and related  school safety issues, are our areas of expertise.

• Stopping School Violence
Resources from the National Crime Prevention Council include warning signs to look for, conflict management tips, and things everyone can do to help.

• ERIC Digest: Assessing Potentially Violent Students (1999)

• ERIC Digest: School Violence Prevention (1995)

• ERIC Digest: School Safety and the Legal Rights of Students (1997)

• ERIC Digest: An Overview of Strategies to Reduce School Violence (1996)

• ERIC Digest – Gaining Control of Violence in the Schools: A View from the Field (1994)


• National School Safety Center
NSSC works with local school districts and communities in developing customized safe school training and planning programs. School districts facing major crises or specific school safety problems may call the Center for on-site technical assistance and training. In addition, NSSC serves as a clearinghouse for current information on school safety issues, maintaining a resource center with more than 50,000 articles, publications and films.
141 Duesenberg Drive, Suite 11
Westlake Village, CA  91362
Tel:  805/373-9977
Fax: 805/373-9277
E-mail:  info@nssc1.org

• Committee For Children
Committee for Children provides award-winning  classroom curricula for the prevention of child abuse and youth violence, training to educators throughout the U.S. and Canada, technical assistance, and parent education. We also conduct original research.
2203 Airport Way S., Suite 500
Seattle, WA  98134-2027
Tel:  800/634-4449
E-mail:  info@cfchildren.org