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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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Improving School Safety Through Bystander Reporting

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) released the K-12 Bystander Reporting Toolkit. This is a new resource to support kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) schools in strengthening school safety reporting programs and encouraging bystander reporting among students and other members of the school community.

Read More about Improving School Safety Through Bystander Reporting: A Toolkit for Strengthening K-12 Reporting Programs

May 2023 Mental Health Campaign Calendar

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Learn more and bookmark upcoming events

Guiding Principles

The US Department of Education recently released Guiding Principles for Creating Safe, Inclusive, Supportive, and Fair School Climates, which provides additional guidance and evidence-based practices in establishing safe, healthy, and supportive learning opportunities and environments.

Read the USDE Guiding Principles

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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.