School Safety

This module focuses on developing School Safety. It provides an overview of what defines school safety, the primary factors that contribute to school safety, and recommended strategies and interventions to improve feelings of school safety.

Lead Authors: Dr. George Bear and Angela Harris, M.A., University of Delaware & Delaware Positive Behavior Support Project

Research Narrative Reviewed by: Dr. Aaron Kupchik, University of Delaware

PowerPoint Developed and Reviewed by: Angela Harris

Audio Recorded by: Fiona Lachman

Funding and Support from: The Delaware Department of Education through the Delaware Positive Behavior Support Project and the School Climate and Student Success Grant

In order to receive clock-hour credit for reviewing this information, sign up for the course through PDMS. Search for “PBS School Safety Module.” This module, along with the Teacher-Student Relationships, Student-Student Relationships, Bullying, and Engagement modules, is available on the School Climate Professional Development group in Schoology. The access code is 2P5NM-F56JT.


Viewing directions:

  • Click on the link below to open the School Safety Module presentation.
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School Safety Module Presentation

Handout Version – School Safety Module Presentation (This is a PDF version that can be printed out for note taking while viewing the presentation.)

School Safety Module – Research Narrative (This narrative contains the information that is presented in the presentation, but in greater detail and with a greater emphasis on the research behind School Safety. Numerous references to relevant research studies as well as resources are included.)


Included below are resources that are referenced throughout the School Safety Module. There are sample forms and worksheets, informational sheets and guides, useful tools, etc. Click on the links below to open the resources.

DDRT Template 2019-20 (2 years)

DDRT Template 2019-20 (4 years)

How to Conduct a Focus Group

Inventory for Policies, Procedures, and Resources for MH

NASP Threat Assessment for School Administrators

NCES – Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2017

PREPaRE Training Curriculum

Problem Solving Questions

Reflective Action Plan

SCS Interpretation Worksheet 2022 – HOME

SCS Interpretation Worksheet 2022 – STAFF

SCS Interpretation Worksheet 2022 – STUDENT

SEL in Curriculum

SEL Programs