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Safe Schools


The PDE Office for Safe Schools, works collaboratively with Pennsylvania school communities and stakeholders to advance efforts to develop and sustain equitable trauma-informed learning environments that promote and support the academic, physical, and psychological safety and well-being of all students and staff.


All Pennsylvania school entities will be prepared to provide safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students and staff.

Find helpful information, resources, and tools by clicking on the boxes below.

Access a resource list developed to support educators' and parent's efforts to maintain a positive learning climate while students are physically separated from their teachers and classmates due to distance/virtual learning.

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Practical Guide for Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach

This practical guide updates and expands the discussion presented in SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach Resource from 2014. The primary goal of this guide is to provide implementation strategies across multiple domains based on the original publication.

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Pennsylvania's Suicide Prevention Guide

This September, we recognize National Suicide Prevention Month during the week of September 10-16. A resource guide, aimed at providing more information to communities and organizations, has been created.  This guide includes ideas for events, training, social media posts, virtual backgrounds, a sample proclamation, and more. 

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Back to School Safety Video

As we head back to the classroom, start the year off with the Back-to-School Campaign.  The Back-to-School Campaign by encourages members of the K-12 community to use its resources and tools to create a safe learning environment.  With multiple resources available, this informative video provides an overview of school safety topic areas, related resources, and various ways individuals can use the site to create a safe, positive, and supportive school environment for students and educators. 

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Career Ready Skills

The Pennsylvania Career Ready Skills are social emotional learning progressions that support the development of student competence.

PA Positive Behavior Support

Learn more about PBIS and the PaPBS Network.