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.
Federal Agencies Offer Self-Conducted Tabletop Exercises to Assess Preparedness
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offer a range of exercises and preparedness tools to help schools prepare for emergency situations and threats. Use the DHS, CISA, and FEMA resources to test your school’s or district’s emergency plans, protocols, and procedures and to initiate preparedness discussions within your community. Access DHS Exercise Starter Kits
Multiple Federal Agencies Release Funding Opportunities
Several federal grant programs on a range of school safety topics, including student mental health and targeted violence prevention, have recently opened application periods. Learn more about these grants and find additional school safety-related funding opportunities on the SchoolSafety.gov Grants Finder Tool. Explore Grants
FBI and CISA Release Cybersecurity Advisory on #StopRansomware: Royal Ransomware
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) #StopRansomware: Royal Ransomware with recommended actions and mitigations to protect against Royal ransomware used by threat actors. Royal ransomware attacks have spread across numerous critical infrastructure sectors, including education facilities. CISA and the FBI encourage organizations to review the CSA and implement the recommendations in the Mitigations section to reduce the likelihood and impact of ransomware incidents. Download the CSA
Resources to Prevent and Address Bullying in K-12 Schools
Bullying is a widespread issue that is linked to many negative outcomes and can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to address bullying, there are a number of things school staff can do to make schools safer and prevent bullying. Reference SchoolSafety.gov’s latest infographic for bullying prevention strategies and resources for K-12 schools.
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.
Strategies to Support Children Exposed to Violence
Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant Program
Fiscal Year 2023 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) Technical Assistance Webinar Series
Understanding and Planning for Bombing Incidents
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.