The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools coordinates school safety and security programs, collects the annual school violence statistics, coordinates antiviolence efforts, and develops policies and strategies to combat school violence.
The office supports and provides technical assistance, professional development programs, and security-related activities to support school safety in the following areas: crisis intervention, school police training, violence prevention, social/emotional wellness, and safety. The office provides these services to all local school entities.
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.
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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.