Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities

At a Glance

Each school in California is required to develop a school safety plan which is updated on an annual basis. The plan is intended to help create and maintain a safe environment conducive to learning for students and staff.

California Education Code Section 32286 requires each school site to review and update its school safety plan by March 1 of each year. The four primary areas to be addressed in the plan are:

  1. child abuse prevention
  2. crisis preparedness,
  3. school environment,
  4. and violence prevention.

In the development of the plan, the school should consider the following:

The school safety plan should include:

  • Collaborative Relationships - Students, parents, community organizations, and law enforcement agencies should be actively involved in the development and updating of the safety plan.
  • Strategies and Programs for School Safety - Appropriate strategies and programs that provide and maintain a high level of school safety need to be identified. An assessment of the current status of school crime committed on the school campus and at school-related functions must be included.
  • Counseling and Guidance Services - Clear guidelines for the roles and responsibilities of mental health professionals, community intervention professionals, school counselors, and school resource officers should be included to ensure a positive school climate.
  • Emergency Procedures - The plan must include disaster procedure and earthquake emergency procedures.
  • Discipline Policies - Discipline policies and procedures, specifically those which lead to suspension and/or expulsion, should be discussed.

For more information on School Safety Plans, reference California Education Code Sections 32280 - 32289.