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School Safety and Security

Key Links

COVID-19 School Health and Safety Grants FY20-21 – for Public School Entities (new)
COVID -19 School Health and Safety Grants FY20-21 – for IUs/Nonpublic Schools (new)
School Safety Provider Registry (Updated 7/2/2020)
School Safety Provider Registry Guide (PDF)
School Security Guard Vendor Registration (Updated 5/21/2020)
School Security Personnel Training
Threat Assessment

Overview

 

Article XIII-B (School Safety and Security) of the Public School Code of 1949 created the School Safety and Security Committee (SSSC) within PCCD.  The SSSC was tasked with developing the criteria school entities are to use in performing school safety and security assessments, issuing a survey to school entities to measure school safety and security preparedness, and administering grants.  Recent amendments by Act 18 of 2019, Act 67 of 2019, and Act 30 of 2020 included the development of a model trauma-informed approach plan; model trainings for threat assessment teams; set training requirements for school resource officers (SROs), school police officers (SPOs) and school security guards; and created a grant program for school entities to address COVID-19.

Overviews of Act 44 of 2018 (pdf) and Act 18 of 2019, which created and amended Article XIII-B, are available.  A joint guidance issued by both the PA Department of Education and PCCD is available for more information about the training requirements of Act 67.  If you have any questions, please submit them to RA-CD-SSSC@pa.gov.  

 

School Safety and Security Grant Program Information

 

Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, Act 30 of 2020 set aside funding for school entities (i.e., school districts, , area career and technical schools, intermediate units, charter schools, regional charter schools and cyber charter schools) for COVID-19 Disaster Emergency School Health and Safety Grants.  The FY20-21 funding announcement and additional information specific to this funding can be found at the top of this page under Key Links.

Grant Guides are immediately available for assistance with the application process and general grant administration.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) will also be available to provide additional information for potential applicants.

Community Violence Prevention/Reduction Grant Program

 

24 P.S. §13-1306-B(i) allows for a portion of the school safety and security funding to be set-aside annually to support community violence prevention/reduction grants.  Eligible entities that can apply for this funding are municipalities (including counties), institutions of higher education, and community organizations.  Funding announcements are usually released in September, with awards being made prior to March 1 of each year.  More information on the FY20-21 funding announcement will be released in September 2020.    

School Safety and Security Assessment Criteria

 

On September 26, 2018, the SSSC adopted an initial set of criteria to assist schools in guiding their school safety and security assessment, which is a strategic evaluation of a school's facilities and programs used to identify potential safety and security threats.  Assessments are to include consideration of the safety and security of a school's physical environment, climate and behavioral health environment, and related policies and trainings. 

The School Safety and Security Assessment Criteria is a compilation of best practices and recommendations as developed by experts on the SSSC and additional workgroup members. 

School Safety and Security Assessment Criteria Overview – This guide is intended to address some frequently asked questions about the School Safety and Security Assessment Criteria. In addition, the guide will aid both school entities and school safety and security assessors in how to best utilize the School Safety and Security Assessment Criteria. 

School Safety Assessment Provider Registry

 

On September 26, 2018, the SSSC adopted criteria for the registration of individuals with knowledge and experience in matters of school safety and security that qualifies a person to conduct assessments based upon the Committee's adopted assessment criteria (Registration Criteria). 

If you are interested in applying to be included on the provider registry, please visit our School Safety Provider Registry webpage to submit your initial application for consideration by the Committee.

If you are a school entity interested in locating an approved provider, use our Provider Registry.

School Safety Provider Registry Guide (PDF)

Training for School Resource Officers, School Police Officers and School Security Guards

 

On November 27, 2019, Article XIII-C of the Pennsylvania School Code was amended through Act 91 of 2019 requiring all school security personnel take the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) Basic School Resource Officer Course or an equivalent course as determined by PCCD.  More information on what the law entails can be found on PDEs website

For more information on the School Security Personnel trainings, go to: School Security Personnel Training.

Model Trauma-Informed Approach Plan

Act 18 of 2019 amended Article XIII-B to require any school entity applying for a School Safety and Security grant under 24 P.S. §13-1306-B(j)(21) (i.e., trauma-informed approaches to education) to utilize a Model Trauma-Informed Approach Plan adopted by the SSSC.  Applicants may utilize their own existing plan, provided it meets the SSSC's Model Plan criteria, or may seek funding to support the development of their own plan.  A link to the Model Plan and additional resources can be found HERE.

General Information

 Accordion

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Where can I learn more about Act 44 of 2018, including grant information?

​This presentation provides an overview of the Act and contains some information from the first Committee meeting.  

When a funding announcement is open, PCCD posts it on our Open Funding Announcements webpage.  A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document accompanies each funding announcement to provide additional information for potential applicants. Please check the FAQ frequently as answers are updated on a regular basis. 

Who can serve as a School Safety and Security Coordinator?

According to Act 44, the chief school administrator of a school entity shall appoint a school administrator as the school safety and security coordinator for the school entity. The appointment shall be made not later than August 31, 2018.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) have interpreted the term "school administrator" to mean any individual who currently serves or who will serve in an administrative capacity in a school entity that meets the coordinator requirements of Act 44.  The coordinator will represent the entire school entity.

Act 44 includes both general duties for the coordinator, including overseeing all school police officers, school resource officers, school security guards, and policies and procedures in the school entity, and reporting directly to the chief school administrator, and several specific duties, such as reviewing school policies and procedures and other tasks.  Please see Act 44 for the full list of duties and responsibilities of coordinators.

Does the individual appointed as the School Safety and Security Coordinator in a school district require School Board approval?

​That is ultimately up to each school district to determine.  The Act only requires the chief school administrator to make the appointment.

Do all of the policies in the assessment criteria need to be board approved?

No. In the assessment criteria the term "policy" is used as a general term denoting written documentation and could include a board-approved policy, internal procedure or administrative regulation, or plan, based on requirements of law and regulations and the advice of legal counsel. 

Are the “findings” a school entity that participated in the Act 44 School Safety and Security Survey received from PCCD on January 31, 2019 considered official audit findings?

No. School safety and security findings as a result of the Act 44-required survey are strictly educational in nature.  Findings should be reviewed as recommendations only and discussed with the school entity's administration and/or school solicitor or legal counsel for consideration and action to improve school safety and security. 

Membership Lists

School Safety and Security Committee Membership
Baseline Standards Criteria Workgroup
Behavioral Health/School Climate Assessment Workgroup
Community Violence Prevention Workgroup
Physical/Policy/Training Assessment Criteria Workgroup
Provider and Registration Criteria Workgroup
School Survey Workgroup 
​​Threat Assessment Workgroup
Trauma-Informed Approaches Workgroup

Upcoming Committee Meeting Dates

​Date ​and Time ​Location
​Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 1 to 3 PM Meeting Minutes (PDF) ​All meetings are held at PCCD, 3101 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA unless otherwise indicated
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 – 1 to 2 PM Meeting Minutes (PDF)           
Wednesday, September 26, 2018  - 1 to 3 PM Meeting Minutes (PDF)           
Tuesday, October, 30, 2018​- 1 to 3 PM
Meeting Minutes (PDF)
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 1 to 3 PM Meeting Minutes (PDF)           
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - ​1 to 3 PM Meeting Minutes (PDF)
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 – 1 to 3 PM
Meeting Minutes (PDF)
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 – 1 to 3 PM
Meeting Minutes (PDF)

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 1 to 3 PM

​​Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 1 to 3 PM

​Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 10 AM to Noon

​Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 1 to 3 PM
Meeting Minutes (PDF)

​Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 1 to 3 PM
Meeting MInutes (PDF)

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 1 to 1:30 PM 
Meeting Minutes (PDF)

​Skype call:  (267) 332-8737,  142720156#
​Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 11 AM to Noon
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​Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 1 to 3 PM
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Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 1 to 3 PM
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Additional Communications

 Act 44 of 2018 Letter to School Entities ( August 3, 2018)
 Letter to School Entities from PDE and PCCD (September 21, 2018)
 School Safety and Security Survey Correspondence (October 15, 2018)
FY18-19 School Safety and Security Grant Program funding announcement    Communication to School Safety and Security Grant Program Part B Applicants (January 31, 2019) 
Communication to School Safety and Security Coordinators on Board Reports (May 29, 2019)
 Grant Application and Administration Guides
Revised School Security Guide (February 2020)
School Safety and Security Grant Awards (March 2020)