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 Office of School Safety and Climate


​​​​​​​​​​The Office of School Safety and Climate​​ is committed to providing a safe, secure, and productive learning and working climate for all students and staff in all schools through the development and implementation of intervention and prevention programs. This is accomplished by providing training, technical assistance, and support to local school districts and local schools in collaboration with other state agencies and stakeholders. 

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School Safety​

​Being prepared to respond to a severe weather, mass casualty or other catastrophic event is vital to school safety. However, we also need to keep our schools safe from other risks such as violence, bullying, and cyber threats. Learn more...

School Climate​​

​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​...

 

Webinars and online training modules are available here.​


COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Schools ​​​

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has left students and staff facing many challenges. How do we help students and staff recover from the effects of the pandemic and support families during these uncertain times? Listen to the webinar series from Dr. David Schonfeld, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician and Director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement​ at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, to gain insight on supporting students and staff during a pandemic. To listen to Dr. Schonfeld's webinars, click here

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Webinars and Additional Information​

Pandemic Planning for Schools - Georgia DOE Guidelines and Information​​​​​​




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 Contact Information


​Cheryl Benefield
Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator​
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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