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 School Safety Resource Center


School Safety Planning​

Every school is unique, with distinct characteristics, strengths, and vulnerabilities. Effective school safety planning incorporates comprehensive, ongoing assessments of the school and surrounding community in order to design a highly customized​ plan. Learn more​...

Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Response

The goal of this website is to provide schools with pertinent information and resources for planning, responding and recovering from an emergency or disaster. Learn more...

 

School Safety Funding


National School Safety Center​ (U.S. Department of Education)​

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Georgia's toll-free, anonymous 1-877-SAY-STOP (1-877-729-7867) school safety hotline is designed for crisis prevention. If students know of an unsafe situation in school (weapons violations, bomb threats, drugs or alcohol, bullying, etc.), they can anonymously pass on that information through the hotline, initiating immediate and appropriate action.​ Learn more...


School climate is defined as the quality and character of school life. School climate offers significant potential for enhancing both the understanding and the prevention of school violence (Welsh). Learn more...

Student Safety and Well-Being

Safe and supportive schools are one of the most important protective factors for students. By identifying and reducing barriers to learning, particularly risk factors and risk behaviors, schools can help to maximize educational and social outcomes for all students. ​​Learn more​...​

Unsafe School Choice Option (USCO)

Pursuant to federal law, all states must develop a definition of "persistently dangerous" schools and allow public school choice for students who have been victims of a violent criminal offense or who attend a school that meets the "persistently dangerous" criteria. Learn more​...


Gang affiliation is not something that students leave behind when they enter the school building. If a gang presence exists at school, it cannot be ignored. School administrators should address gang-related issues head-on or they will fester, harm school climate, and impede the learning environment. Learn more​...


See Something? Send Something! (Digital Reporting App)

View of the See something, send something applications 
 

Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency - School Safety Unit​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Fire Safety Video

This fire safety video was created for children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH). Georgia Hands & Voices partnered with the Cherokee Fire Department to provide Georgia families of children who are D/HH with an educational fire safety video, complete with captioning, an ASL Interpreter, and a full transcript. 

 

 Contact Information

 

Garry McGiboney, Ph.D.
Deputy Superintendent 
Office of School Safety and Climate 
Phone: (404) 656-5669 
gmcgiboney@doe.k12.ga.us ​

Cheryl Benefield
Program Manager
Safe and Supportive Schools
Phone: (404) 651-7179
 
Jeff Hodges
Program Specialist
Safe and Supportive Schools
Phone: (404) 463-7891 
jhodges@doe.k12.ga.us


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