School Safety Reports and Guides

There are numerous non-profit, academic, public and private organizations developing research and reports on factors contributing to school violence and the steps that can enhance school safety. Explore below.


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From the National Center for Education Statistics, April 2019 – A report presenting the most recent data available on school crime and student safety, with indicators based on information drawn from national surveys of students, teachers, principals and postsecondary institutions. Read more.

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From the National Threat Assessment Center, July 2018 – An operational guide developed to provide fundamental direction on how to prevent incidents of targeted school violence, that is, when a student specifically selects a school or a member of the school community for harm. Read more.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation, June 2018 – By articulating the concrete, observable pre-attack behaviors of many active shooters, the FBI hopes to make these warning signs more visible and easily identifiable. Read more.

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National Fire Prevention Association, May 2018 – The workshop determined what has changed in preceding years, including what systems, elements or procedures now exist that did not previously. Read more.

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Department of Homeland Security 2018 – DHS held a two-day roundtable discussion with members of the K-12 school community to collect insight on how to improve school safety and define recommendations to address the challenges and obstacles to creating safe and secure schools. Read more.

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National Institute of Justice, July 2017 – NIJ assembled representatives from 20 states for a meeting on state school safety issues. NIJ identified participant perspectives using panel discussions, Q&A sessions, breakout groups and general discussions on school safety. Read more.

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Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, March 2015 – Comprised subject matter experts in mental health, secure facility design and operations, law enforcement, and public policy, the Commission made recommendations to reduce the probability of another tragedy on the scale of what occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Read more.

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Rural School and Community Trust, March 2013 – The report presents information gathered from 700 media accounts of specific incidents of violence in schools since 1974. Schools can reduce violence by developing positive environments that engage everyone in meaningful work and help students learn to prevent, resolve, and manage conflict. Read more.


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National Fire Protection Association – NFPA 3000 identifies minimum program elements necessary for organizing, managing, and sustaining an active shooter and/or hostile event response program and to reduce/eliminate the risks and impact on an organization or community. Read more.

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Partner Alliance for Safer Schools – Guidelines developed to provide administrators with a means to evaluate security infrastructure in place, prioritize investments and maximize security. The Guidelines identify and classify best practices for securing K-12 facilities in response to urgent needs. Read more.

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Safe Havens International – This guide introduces some key concepts that can reduce the risk of harm while also enhancing the ability of building occupants to avoid or reduce injury and death if a crisis does happen. Read more.

Resolutions and Statements

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National Association of State Fire Marshals – When selecting hardware which allows classroom doors to be lockable from inside the classroom, consideration should be given to the risks and potential consequences of utilizing a device which blocks the classroom door from the inside. Read more.

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National Sheriffs’ Association – The Association establishes that schools are a part of critical infrastructure and should be protected as well as government buildings, thereby securing the country’s most important assets – its students. Read more.

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American Legislative Exchange Council – As members of ALEC, we have a moral obligation to protect our children and those responsible for their care and learning. They are our future. Therefore, consistent with our mission, we have developed the following principles regarding school safety and security. Read more.