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Hot Policy Topic: School Safety Resources

• Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Office of School Safety Resources, including:

“Speak Up, Speak Out Wisconsin” Resource Center, which is a one-stop resource for: (1) threat reporting, (2) critical incident response, (3) threat assessment consultation, and (4) general school safety guidance.
A School Safety Webinar Series, which includes weekly webinars that address topics related to school safety such as resilience, threat assessment, school resource officers, school safety drills, etc. The webinars are free to Wisconsin educators, law enforcement and behavioral health service providers and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Wisconsin School Threat Assessment Protocol: A Guide for School Personnel and Law Enforcement Officers
Comprehensive School Security Framework – Making Wisconsin Schools Safer
Safe Schools Legal Resource Manual (6th Edition, September 2020)

• Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

• Safe Schools Resources
• School Mental Health Resources
• “Sharing Information Across Systems” Resource
• Summary Framework and Recommendations for Action – Wisconsin Safe Schools Initiative

• WASB School Safety Resources

Video: Addressing Threats to School Safety During Extracurricular Events (March 2022)
School Safety-Related Policies and Plans List
• Law Changes Affect School Safety Planning and Implementation (March 2018 issue of Policy Perspectives)
Providing for School Safety: Threat Reporting and Assessment (June 2018 issue of The FOCUS)
Complying With the New Requirements to Conduct, Evaluate, and Review Student Drills in the Proper Response to a “School Violence Event” (November 2018 issue of Policy Perspectives)
Law Change Authorizes Giving Previous Warning of State-Required Safety Drills (November 2019 issue of Policy Perspectives)
WASB Insurance Plan Library Resources
Sample policies/procedures and Background Information on school safety-related topics are available to subscribers of WASB’s Policy Resource Guide via the online PRG
Sample school safety-related policies and plans from other Wisconsin school districts are available upon request from WASB’s Policy Services Assistant (

• Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools Center Resources

• Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association’s Emergency Operations and School Safety Plan template

• U.S. Department of Education

• Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center
• Guide for Developing High Quality School Emergency Operations Plans; and The Role of Districts in Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans: A Companion to the School Guide
Practical Information on Crisis Planning

• U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

• Active Shooter Preparedness Resources
Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency’s K-12 School Security and School Security Assessment Tool (2022)
Primer to Design Safe School Projects in Case of Terrorist Attacks and School Shootings

• U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center Resources, including guidelines for enhancing school safety using a threat assessment model

Center for Safe Schools Resources

• American Association of School Administrators School Safety and Crisis Planning Toolkit

• National Association of School Psychologists School Safety and Crisis Resources

The Role of Technology in Improving K-12 School Safety [2016 Rand Corporation Justice Policy Program report commissioned by the National Institute of Justice]


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