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Governance and Policy ResourcesResearch, guidance and services for effective school board governance

The governing board is elected to serve as steward of the community's schools and thus plays a critical role in providing safe environments for students and staff. The following resources can assist school boards – immediately and over the long term – as they establish policies, practices, and relationships that enhance school security and create positive school climates where all students can learn, grow, and thrive. 

What actions can boards or county offices take to improve school safety?


How should school districts address student walkouts?

CSBA has produced the following resources for districts and county offices of education.

Where can I find sample board policies and administrative regulation?

See the list of school safety related policies here. Access the full sample board policies by logging in to Gamut Online.

Communicating with the public during a crisis

Share your concern for student, staff, and community well being in the wake of a crisis, and communicate immediate and long-term strategies for addressing, mitigating and or resolving the crisis. CSBA statements about incidents at San Bernardino Elementary.

Addressing Campus Security

There are a number of measures that districts can take to improve security at school sites. Get tips on building a comprehensive school safety plan and a sample policy from U.S. Department of Education's 2013 "Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans"

CSBA Policy Resources

Agencies and other resources

National Center for Education Statistics: Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2013
This report presents data on crime at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population.

Physical and Sexual Abuse Prevention Resource Center
This site from Keenan & Associates includes an online Mandatory Reporting and Awareness Training Program to help California school districts maintain a safe learning environment.

Safe Schools: A Best Practices Guide
This guide for school board members and other educators comes from the Council of Educational Facility Planners International.

School Climate Matters: How to Create Safer and Bully-Free Schools (7/2012)
This CSBA webinar, which may be viewed on demand, focuses on the link between a safe and positive school environment and improved student attendance, engagement and achievement in school.

American Association of School Administrators
The Association of California School Administrator’s national partner provides resources to education leaders in the aftermath of the event, including links to psychology and counseling services.

California Department of Education/Emergency Management Agency
Provides school violence preparedness resources, heightened school security procedures during threats and tips for helping children cope after traumatic events.

Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice
Encourages collaboration at the federal, state and local levels to foster the development and adjustment of children with or at risk of developing serious emotional disturbance.  The center’s website includes links to school violence prevention and intervention resources.

Education Commission of the States
A variety of resources on schools safety topics and related policies.

Kidsdata.org 
Indicators on school safety for local counties, cities and school districts, by grade level, gender and race/ethnicity including perceptions of school safety, carrying a gun at school, carrying a knife or other weapon at school, parent ratings of child’s safety at school, child’s safety in the neighborhood, and bullying/harassment. 

National Association of School Psychologists
A number of tips and resources for teachers, parents and other adults, including the handout, "A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope."

National Association of State Boards of Education
Policies to Promote Safety and Prevent Violence is the most recent publication in NASBE’s Fit, Healthy and Ready to Learn series of school health policy guides.

National Education Association 
An easy-to-use crisis guide with essential, to-the-point advice for schools and districts.

National Parent Teacher Association 
Resources to assist in preventing violence in schools and helping improve the quality of education children receive.

National School Boards Association 

US Department of Education