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The Center for Safer Schools serves to promote safe learning environments for North Carolina K-12 schools. The Center serves as a hub of information and technical assistance on school safety to school faculty and staff, law enforcement, youth-serving community agencies, juvenile justice officials, policymakers, parents/guardians and students. Center staff focus on school climate, school discipline and emergency preparedness concerns for NC K-12 schools. Staff are available to provide trainings, guidance and technical assistance upon request for school faculty and staff, and those working with children and adolescents.  


A Message from the Superintendent

Columbine, Virginia Tech, others – and now Parkland.

As a society, we must find long-term solutions. In the meantime, school leaders must continue to take the actions in our power to prevent such tragedies in our schools.

Here are some things schools can do every day to enhance security for students and educators:

  • The small procedures add up. Schools personnel and visitors should strictly follow the entrance and visitor check-in processes. Make sure doors are never propped open and that students/staff do not open doors at-will for others.
  • Encourage students to report odd behavior and odd social media trends. Students should tell someone immediately and know there are no consequences for being concerned.
  • Don’t think it can’t happen in your town or at your school. We have seen that these tragedies can happen anywhere. Remain vigilant.
  • School Resource Officers are trained first as law enforcement officers. Schools should work with them, allowing their training and instincts to define their daily schedule, interactions, and priorities.
  • Schools should schedule a lockdown drill. District schools are required to hold a lockdown drill at least once a year. We know many schools are drilling more often than that, but schools that have not conducted a drill in a while should schedule one soon.

In the longer term, training for both the prevention and response to school violence is key. The Center for Safer Schools provides:

  • Mental Health First Aid training: See this link for information about training.
  • Critical Incident Response training for faculty and staff: Training manuals and presentations are available here. The Center for Safer Schools can also schedule trainings for districts or schools as available.
  • Online PD for educators: Training is available on the following topics here.
    • Understanding Student Behavior in the Classroom (6th – 12th grade)
    • Understanding Young Student Behavior in the Classroom (PreK-5th grade)
    • Understanding the Role of School Resource Officers in Schools
    • Understanding the Schools’ Role in Suicide Prevention
    • Preventing Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Among K-12 Students

While we remain bewildered and shocked by these kinds of events, we are committed to working together to prevent more.

Mark Johnson
NC Superintendent







A Message from the NCCFSS Executive Director
In the wake of recent school tragedies, the Center for Safer Schools sends its condolences to the many families impacted by the loss of loved ones. Our hearts are heavy. With school safety as top priority, the Center for Safer Schools would like to remind school district officials and community members of its many forms of trainings and resources available. Please click here for more information.

Kym Martin
Executive Director
NC Center for Safer Schools


Consolidated Data Report
The 2016-2017 Consolidated Data Report is available here. The report includes annual reports on School Crime and Violence, Suspensions and Expulsions, Alternative Learning Program Enrollments, Reassignments for Disciplinary Purposes, Uses of Corporal Punishment, and Dropout Counts and Rates.  The State Board of Education is required by G.S. 115C-12(27) to report annually on dropout events and rates, suspensions and expulsions, reassignments for disciplinary purposes, uses of corporal punishment, and alternative learning program enrollments. The requirement to report annually on school crime and violence comes from G.S. 115C-12(21).

*Teen Tech Check: A Parent Social Media Guide
Teen Tech Check was drafted by the School and Climate Sub Committee to educate parents on the trends regarding social media.  The goal is to encourage parents to be more vigilant and aware of what their teens are doing online and on social media.
(pdf, 462kb)

2016 Annual Report:
At the end of every year, the Center releases an annual report on its accomplishments, current activities and future objectives. To view the most recent report,
(pdf, 8.3mb)

School Suicide Prevention Toolkit
The NC School Suicide Prevention Toolkit, 2018, is a framework for school use in their development of access to care protocols for students struggling with suicidal/homicidal ideation. This resource packet has been complied after extensive research on evidence based programs that are user friendly, inexpensive and practical for use in school settings. The toolkit includes preventative measures to equip teachers and faculty in identifying signs, evidence based screener (Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale), recommended protocols for linkage of care, and follow up recommendations to ensure wraparound care.  *Anticipated Release Date: mid April, 2018


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