Safe Schools Plans Guidance
- FY 23-24 Plans Due per District & Charters
- FY 23-24 Safe Schools Plan (SSP) Requirement Rubric (Word, fillable)
- FY 23-24 Safe Schools Plan (SSP) Requirement Rubric (PDF)
- FY 23-24 Safe Schools Plan (SSP) Template (Optional) (Word, fillable)
- FY 23-24 Safe Schools Plan (SSP) Template (Optional) (PDF)
- FY 23-24 Safe Schools Plan Trainings and Resource Supports
- Resources from the New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority (NMPSIA)
- REMS Fact Sheet on Post-Disaster Reunification and K-12 Schools
- Stop Bullying
- Student/Parent Reunification video, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, CO, 2016
- Safe School Plan Technical Training and Programs Meeting Recording
- Sample Survey: School Staff Skills (Word)
- Sample Survey: School Staff Skills (PDF)
- Guide to K-12 Student Wellbeing: Strategies to Recognize, Document, and Support Students in Distress
- Children and Mental Health
- Coalition to Support Grieving Students
- Appropriate and Inappropriate Activities for School Counselors
- Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Schools: Developing and Implementing School Protocols, Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery
- Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention: Model Language, Commentary, and Resources
- Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training Program, NM Suicide Prevention Coalition
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
- After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools
Evidence Based Gatekeeper Training Options: Online Courses and costs
- Suicide Gatekeeper Training Programs
- Selecting and Implementing a Gatekeeper Training
- QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention
Rave Panic Button
Safe School Planning Resources
- Back-to-School Campaign Communications Toolkit
- Bully Assessment Flow Chart
- When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide
- Site Incident Response Kit
- After-Action Reports: Capturing Lessons Learned and Identifying Areas for Improvement
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
- School-based Bullying Prevention I-Guide (OJJDP)
Cyber and Online Safety
- Internet Safety Tips
- Online Safety Resources
- Sextortion Resource Sheet
- This is Sextortion
- Online Sextortion: I Didn’t Think it Would Happen to Me
- REMS Fact Sheet on Incorporating Sextortion into School EOPs
Sample Parent Letters Pre and Post Incident Response
- Parent Letter on Emergency Procedures – Before an Incident Occurs (Word)
- Parent Letter on Emergency Procedures – Before an Incident Occurs (PDF)
- National Weather Service – Lightning Safety
- NMAA Lightning/Threatening Weather Policy
- Red Cross – Thunderstorm Safety Checklist
- FEMA – Be Prepared For A Thunderstorm, Lightning, Or Hail
- Disaster Activity Book for Kids (English)
- Disaster Activity Book for Kids (Spanish)
Access and Functional Needs
- Integrating Students with Special Needs and Disabilities into Emergency Response and Crisis Planning
- REMS Fact Sheet on Addressing AFN in School EOP
- Active Shooter 1-pager from FEMA (Sept. 2016!)
- DHS Options for Consideration Active Shooter Preparedness (5 minute) Video
Additional Training Opportunities
The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center provides additional of training opportunities.
Senate Bill 147 (SB147)-School Safety Drill Requirements are as follows:
An emergency drill shall be conducted in each public and private school once a week during the first four weeks of the school year. Of these:
- One (1) shall be shelter-in-place that includes preparation to respond to an active shooter.
- One (1) shall be an evacuation drill.
- Two (2) shall be fire drills.
During the rest of the school year, each school shall conduct at least four (4) additional emergency drills, at least two (2) of which shall be fire drills.
In locations where a fire department is maintained, a member of the fire department shall be requested to be in attendance for the purpose of giving instruction and constructive criticism.
Please see the following additional resources:
- DHS K-12 School Security: A Guide for Preventing and Protecting against Gun Violence provides preventive and protective measures to address the threat of gun violence in schools. The Guide is delivered in two parts: the first portion is a PDF with general security best practices and considerations in narrative format; while the second portion is an Excel-based security survey. Together, these tools outline action-oriented security practices and options for consideration based on the results of the individual school’s responses to the survey.
- School Resource Officers, School Law Enforcement Units and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): This FAQ document is follow-up to the Federal Commission Report and consolidates guidance and technical assistance into a single resource to help raise schools’ and districts’ awareness of these provisions (02/12/19).
- The Final Report of the Federal Commission on School Safety (Dec. 2018)
- US Secret Service resource for Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model.
- US Department of Homeland Security Guide for Preventing and Protecting Against Gun Violence and School Security Survey for Gun Violence (click on the School Security Survey to access the site assessment Excel workbook)
For questions about Safe Schools Plans, please contact:
Safe Schools Program Coordinator