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School Safety

Safe schools are fundamental to students' school successes and achievements. Consequently, providing a safe and orderly school environment remains an ever-present priority of the Mississippi Department of Education. School safety should be addressed through a comprehensive approach that focuses on prevention, intervention and response planning. Systems and programs should be in place that create caring school communities where all students and staff feel safe and supported. Key to the process of building and maintaining safe schools is the development of active partnerships between schools and communities.

The Division of School Safety provides support to schools in the areas of physical security, emergency operations and school discipline. Training and technical assistance may be requested to provide guidance in the development of a safe and secure school environment for students, faculty and administrators. Resources and areas of technical assistance include:

  • School Resource Officer/School Safety Officer Training 
  • Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events
  • Review and Assistance with School District Emergency Planning
  • School Safety Technical Assistance Visits 


Teacher Resources

National Crime Prevention Lesson Plans - The following activities were created by teachers and reviewed by teachers, principals, law enforcement officers, and community members to ensure their quality and effectiveness. They are designed to teach an age appropriate lesson on a crime prevention and safety topic.  Lesson plans are provided by the National Crime Prevention Council for grades K-5.

Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum-Grades 1-2 –In the Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum for Early Elementary School (1st-2nd grades), students will learn about emergencies and how to prepare for them. From fire safety to natural disasters, they will exercise their investigative, creative, and communication skills working both individually and collaboratively.

Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum-Grades 3-5 – In the Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum for Upper Elementary School (3rd-5th grades), students will work individually and in teams to research emergencies that can impact communities locally and nationally, and apply creativity and literacy skills to demonstrate their understanding of emergency preparedness.

Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum-Grades 6-8 – In the Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum for Middle School (6th-8th grades), students will develop a graphic novel to show their understanding of emergency preparedness. They'll gain knowledge through research, games, simulations, discussions, debates, and other inquiry-driven activities.

Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum-Grades 9-12 – In the Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum for High School (9th-12th grades), students will engage in discussions, multi-media research, surveys, and interviews to develop their own communication campaigns aimed at raising awareness and motivating others to be prepared for emergencies.

American Red Cross Water Safety Outreach: Longfellow's WHALE Tales – Longfellow WHALE Tales is taught to raise children’s awareness of safe behavior in, on and around the water. WHALE Tales is a free course that can be taught by any Aquatic Leader or instructor or school teacher. WHALE Tales can be taught without a pool and is a great rainy day activity for Schools, Summer Camps, and during Swimming Lessons.


School Safety Links



Mississippi Department of Public Safety Office of Homeland Security

Active Shooter Response Training


Online Courses and Training Links


Federal Emergency Management Association - Introduction to Emergency Planning