Find Resources to Create a Safer School
SchoolSafety.gov 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.
Practice Cyber Safety and Security during Internet Safety Month
June marks Internet Safety Month and the start of summer break for many K-12 schools. Because malicious cyber actors can take advantage of holidays or breaks to launch cyberattacks, it is especially important for administrators and staff to stay vigilant against potential cyber risks and threats. There are simple steps all members of the school community can take to be cyber safe and to prevent and protect against online threats. K-12 schools can also find specific, action-oriented guidance and resources in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s report, Partnering to Safeguard K-12 Organizations from Cybersecurity Threats, and on SchoolSafety.gov’s cybersecurity page. Learn More
HHS Awards Funding to Help Prevent Youth Suicide
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, awarded $5.9 million to states, tribes, and college campuses for youth suicide prevention programs. Of the total funding announced, $3.6 million was awarded to states and tribes under the Garrett Lee Smith State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Program, which supports states and tribes with implementing youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategies in schools, institutions of higher education, and other child and youth-serving organizations. Read More
DHS Releases Summary of Terrorism Threat to the United States
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin regarding the continued heightened threat environment across the United States. The NTAS Bulletin communicates critical terrorism information and provides resources individuals and organizations, including schools, can access to keep communities safe. Read More
Youth Violence Prevention Funding Opportunity Available through DOJ
The FY 2023 Youth Violence Prevention Program, offered through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, will provide funding to help recipients develop and enhance strategies to prevent youth violence, including youth gang involvement and youth gang or group violence. The solicitation is focused on youth who are at risk of committing violence, and applications are due to Grants.gov by June 12 and to JustGrants by June 26. Learn More
Online Safety Resources and Tips for the K-12 Community
Children and adolescents are spending more time online than ever before, and technology is ingrained in almost every facet of their lives. An increased digital presence – especially as schools let out for summer break – can expose young people to a range of potential online safety risks and threats. This new SchoolSafety.gov infographic outlines ways schools and families can help prevent and protect against these threats and provides resources to help youth make smart and safe choices in their online interactions.
School Safety Topics
Access the following topics for resources, guidance, and information to help you create a safer school. From each of these topic pages, you can sort resources available based upon stages of preparedness, subtopics, and planning type.
Learn about upcoming events, grants, and other opportunities for your school or district.
Discover upcoming school safety events and grants below to help support your school’s or school district’s safety efforts.
FY 2023 Youth Violence Prevention Program
Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV)
School Mental Health Virtual Learning Series: Creating Supportive Spaces for Gender and Sexually Diverse Youth
The Role of Special Educators in School Safety Efforts
Tools to Get Started
Grants Finder Tool
Use the Grants Finder Tool to find applicable funding opportunities to help keep your school community safe.
State Search Tool
Discover your state’s school safety programs and regional contacts from federal agencies. These contacts and programs can be a resource to you as you build your school safety plan.
Find resources, like guidance, training, or fact sheets, that are vetted by SchoolSafety.gov.
Safety Readiness Tool
Identify the efforts you’re taking to address the foundational elements of school safety. Get a personalized action plan with next steps and resources for your school to consider.