School Safety Center
The School Safety Center provides resources to districts and schools to help in the development of high-quality emergency operations and safety plans. Feeling safe is fundamental for a positive school climate and learning environment. RCW 28A.320.125 requires all public school districts and public schools to have current school safety plans and procedures in place.
The School Safety Center is a component of Student Support and works in close collaboration with System and School Improvement, and other departments within OSPI. In addition, regularly scheduled meetings of the School Safety and Student Well-Being Advisory Committee complement our commitment to keeping all students safe at school each and every day.
The Safety Planning Guide is based on The Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans, a collaborative efforts among the USDOE, FEMA, Homeland Security, and several other federal agencies.
Every school district shall designate one person in the district as the primary contact regarding the anti-harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB) policy. The district superintendent will appoint a compliance officer as the primary district contact to receive copies of all formal and informal complaints and ensure policy implementation. Explore the 2019-2020 HIB compliance officers, a HIB toolkit, and more.
The resources listed here provide information for the prevention, protection, mitigation, response to, and post crisis recovery from a variety of potential emergency situations.
A list of Washington state laws that apply to K-12 public school safety and security.