Safe School Planning

In 1997, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 187 (Education Code Section 35294, Statutes of 1998), which mandates safe school planning at every school site.

Schools are required to:

  • Assess the current status of school crime.
  • Identify programs and strategies to provide school safety.
  • Include the school's procedures for complying with existing laws related to school safety. 
  • Include specifics on a variety of safety issues in its Safe School Plan.
  • Review and update the Safe School Plan annually by March 1.

The Comprehensive Health & Prevention Programs (CHPP) department assists schools and school districts in designing and reinforcing comprehensive safe school plans including effective crisis response preparation and procedures, by providing a variety of technical assistance services including site visits, workshops, and conferences.

Creating a positive school culture and climate requires a shared vision which fosters a positive learning environment. Schools perceived as being positive, safe and nurturing enjoy a better student achievement.

For assistance to utilize California Healthy Kids Survey data as one measure of school safety, culture and climate, contact the CHPP department, and/or see:

Safe Schools Training

VCOE Health and Prevention Programs will be holding a two-part training on violence prevention and intervention in schools. Threat Assessment: Prevention of Targeted Violence in Schools will be held from 1:00 -4:00 p.m. on December 2, 2015. Immediately following Threat Assessment will be Active Shooter Training from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Captain Fryhoff with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office will be returning to provide both sessions. Our department has hosted Threat Assessment and Active Shooter trainings for several years with our Sheriff's Office and are happy to have them back in December 2015. Please register here