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 School Safety Resource Center

​Georgia Center for School Safety

​The Georgia Center for School Safety​ (GACSS) is a collaborative effort between the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency to provide a clearinghouse for the dissemination of school safety resources, training, and technical assistance to Georgia schools and community partners.​ Learn more​.​​​​


​School Safety Plan Guide​

​School Safety Plan Template​

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​...

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...

Webinars and online training modules are available here.​​​

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Schools ​​​​​

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

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

REMS LOGO was created by the federal government to provide schools and districts with actionable recommendations to create a safe and supportive learning environment where students can thrive and grow. Learn more​...

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 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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

​Jeff Hodges
Program Specialist
Safe and Supportive Schools​​
(678) 552-0723

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