Toolkits & Guides

Toolkits and guides are detailed resources that provide you with the research, best practices, and frameworks you need to effectively administer school safety initiatives.

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Your Threat Assessment Program

This section (3) describes steps for evaluating the effectiveness of a threat assessment program, including topics such as implementation fidelity and the impact of threat assessment on students.
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TOPICS Threat Assessment
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How to Select and Train Your School Threat Assessment Team

This section (1) addresses what schools need to consider in deciding to use a threat assessment approach in an equitable way that protects student rights. This includes a review of existing safety practices and discipline policies, examination of staff resources, and administrative and school community support for threat assessment.
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TOPICS Threat Assessment
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How to Implement Threat Assessment in Your School

This section (2) stresses the vital role of threat assessment in school safety plans, highlighting the importance of equitable implementation. Considerations include existing safety measures, staff availability, and community backing for adopting this approach.
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TOPICS Threat Assessment
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School Threat Assessment Toolkit

This toolkit provides schools with comprehensive guidance and practical tools for implementing behavioral threat assessment and management, ensuring fidelity to student rights in violence prevention efforts.
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TOPICS Threat Assessment
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Key Considerations for Bullying Prevention

This guide presents key information that schools may wish to consider as they develop and maintain bullying prevention programs.
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TOPICS Mental Health, School Climate
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School Safety At A Glance

This guide discusses creating safe schools using a comprehensive and layered approach, organizing school safety strategies by the strength of their evidence base and where they fall on the prevention timeline. It also provides links to resources for implementing various school safety strategies.
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TOPICS Comprehensive School Safety Plans
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Staff: Back to School Resources

This brief guide offers resources to help school staff as they plan and prepare for students returning to the classroom.
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TOPICS School Climate, Threat Assessment
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Caregivers: Back to School Resources

This brief guide offers resources to help caregivers as they plan and prepare for students returning to the classroom.
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TOPICS Mental Health, School Climate
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CMS Guide to Medicaid Services and Administrative Claiming for School-based Settings

This guide was released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). It offers new flexibilities and consolidates existing guidance, making it easier for all schools to receive payment for delivering Medicaid-covered services.
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TOPICS Capacity Building
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K-12 Bystander Reporting Toolkit

This toolkit created by CISA and NTAC includes strategies and guidance for safety reporting programs and encouraging bystander reporting.
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TOPICS Comprehensive School Safety Plans
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Behavioral Threat Assessment & Management at a Glance

This brief synopsis of Behavioral Threat Assessment & Management (BTAM) provides an overview of how BTAM can promote safety and prevent violence in school communities.
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TOPICS Threat Assessment
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Restorative Practices at a Glance

This brief synopsis of Restorative Practices (RP) provides an overview of RP principles, misconceptions about RP, and how RP can improve school climate and social emotional learning.
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TOPICS School Climate
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A Quick Guide to School Safety Data Visualization

This guide brings together resources that explain how to collect and interpret school safety data, as well as translate it into effective data visualizations.
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TOPICS Capacity Building, Comprehensive School Safety Plans
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Social Emotional Learning at a Glance

This brief at-a-glance synopsis of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) provides an overview of what SEL is and is not, and it's benefits to school climate and safety initiatives.
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TOPICS School Climate
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Preparing for Changes in Personnel

This guide provides readers with an overview of considerations to address changes in project personnel. Explore sample checklists for offboarding, cross-training, and onboarding, as well as a tangible steps for developing a succession plan.
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TOPICS Capacity Building
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Considerations for Social Media Monitoring and Response

This guide highlights example practices, concerns, and methods for social media monitoring in a school setting. At the end of the document is an example of the logistical considerations one school district dealt with as they implemented a social media monitoring system.
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TOPICS Social Media
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A Quick Guide to Information Sharing During Threat Reporting & Assessment

This guide brings together resources that explain when to release or withhold student information collected through reporting systems and threat assessment processes.
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TOPICS Coordination with First Responders, Threat Assessment
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An Introduction to Restorative Practices

This guide allows for any school personnel to learn what restorative practices are, their benefits, and considerations for their use in a school setting.
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TOPICS School Climate
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School Safety Communications Planning Guide

This guide is intended to serve as a quick-start to help school leaders plan and share school safety-related initiatives and news with their communities.
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TOPICS Capacity Building, Social Media
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Physical Security Measures Overview

Designed for school personnel, this resource provides a snapshot of what physical security measures are and how they can be implemented in a school.
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TOPICS Campus Security
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Returning to School After a Crisis: A Guide to Addressing Traumatic Events at School

This guide provides school staff with strategies to support students following traumatic events. It contains lessons learned, discussion tips, and mental health resources to help cope with a trauma response,
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TOPICS Mental Health
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Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented Schools Toolkit

A toolkit outlining a framework for implementing Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented (TR) approaches in schools and school districts.
TOPICS Mental Health, School Climate
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