Safety & Crisis Management

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Safe schools share characteristics that contribute to an environment that supports teaching and learning. These characteristics include:

  • a focus on academic achievement
  • family and community involvement
  • positive relationships among students and staff
  • open discussions of safety-related issues
  • well-designed emergency and crisis management plans
  • systems for referring children suspected of being abused or neglected
  • programs and policies that promote good citizenship and character development

VDOE supports schools in this critical area by providing technical support, resources and model plans and policies.