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School Safety - Emergency Preparedness and Planning

Comprehensive School Safety Plan & Bullying Prevention

Effective January 1, 2019, Assembly Bill 1747 (Rodriguez), School Safety Plans, became law. This bill requires that during the writing and development of the comprehensive school safety plan (CSSP), the school site council or safety committee consult with a fire department and other first responder entities in addition to currently required entities. It requires the CSSP and any updates made to the plan to be shared with the law enforcement agency, the fire department, and the other first responder entities.

This bill requires the CSSP to also include procedures for conducting tactical responses to criminal incidents. 

In compliance with this bill, the CDE provided general direction to school districts and county offices of education (COEs) on what to include in the school building disaster plan.  An updated Comprehensive School Safety Plan Compliance Tool for developing a CSSP is posted on the CDE website.

Also effective January 1, 2019, AB 2291 (Chiu), School Safety: Bullying, became law. This bill requires local educational agencies (LEAs) to adopt, on or before December 31, 2019, procedures for preventing acts of bullying, including cyberbullying.

In compliance with this bill, the CDE has developed and posted an online training module related to bullying and bullying prevention, including cyberbullying. The Bullying Module—School Safety document can be accessed at

SIA Compliance and Prevention Forum Presentation - Comprehensive School Safety Plan (CSSP)


California Department of Education - Safe Schools

Provides training, resources and technical assistance to establish a school/community environment which is physically and emotionally safe, well disciplined, and conducive to learning.

Reminder from State Superintendent

Comprehensive School Safety Plan Reminder, Legislative Update, and School Safety Resources


Crisis Preparedness

Provides training, resources and technical assistance in preparedness for, immediate response to, and mitigation of the aftermath of school safety crises.

  • Active Shooter - Information and resources for dealing with active shooters.
  • Bio-terrorism - Information and resources for dealing with bio-terrorism threats.
  • Coping with Tragedy - Helpful resources to assist schools in helping students to cope with tragic events.
  • Crisis Response - Helpful resources to assist school districts with the ongoing concerns of the mental health aspects of crisis planning and crisis response.

School Environment

Provides training, resources, and technical assistance in the establishment of a school/community environment that is physically and emotionally safe, well disciplined, and conducive to learning.


California Office of Emergency Services - School Emergency Planning & Safety

At the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) our goal is to provide you with direct and easy access to pertinent emergency preparedness information and resources as they relate to schools throughout California and the nation. We hope you find the information provided below as a valuable tool in planning for, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from an emergency or disaster.

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students has administered the REMS TA Center to serve two critical functions to support a safe and supportive learning environment for children, faculty, staff, and others. We build the preparedness capacity (including prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts) of schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education (IHEs), and their community partners at the local, state, and Federal levels. We also serve as the primary source of information dissemination for schools, school districts, and IHEs for emergencies via the REMS TA Center Website.

Emergency Planning for Access and Functional Needs

Emergency preparedness is critical for all students, staff and visitors at your school, but even more so for individuals who require assistance during an evacuation. There are a significant number of considerations for the evacuation process which must be planned in advance in order to be effectively implemented in the midst of an emergency situation. These planning documents can assist your school in developing integrated written emergency evacuation planning and procedures for the people who need it most.

SIA Guidance

Active Shooter Resources

Department of Homeland Security - Active Shooter Preparedness

REMS - Active Shooter

Active Shooter Template Policy (OES approved)