Useful resources for gun violence prevention and safety at schools:
International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the U.S. Department of Justice
This publication provides in-depth descriptions of the roles of teachers, administrators, and others in violence prevention and crisis planning. Also included are legal considerations and working with the media.
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado
This site links to useful school climate surveys for elementary, middle, and high school students as well as educators and parents. It also has pre-planning checklists for parent/community involvement, discipline policy, at-risk students assessment, and other security-related items.
National Crime Prevention Council
This publication by McGruff provides the step-by-step sequence to launch a Be Safe and Sound initiative for the school. The guide also discusses advocacy of school safety programs with elected officials and business leaders. The appendices include sample assessment surveys, checklists, media tools, and advocacy letters.
National Association of School Psychologists
This guide addresses mental health supports as part of a comprehensive and collaborative school security plan.
National Education Association
This is a comprehensive guide providing a 'holistic' approch to safety in schools, including information addressing mental health, school culture, community engagement, non-violence education and conflict resolution, and the security of school buildings.
Utah Education Association:
The UEA is Utah's leading education advocacy group, with the largest teacher membership in our state. They work closely with the legislature and can lobby for school safety bills. Every public school has one or more UEA representatives. Ask them to promote school safety awareness in the school and in legislative initiatives.
Kathleen Gallagher-Fishbaugh, State President (801) 266-4461
Parent Teacher Association:
Each school's PTA chapter connects parents, educators, and students to address a variety of school issues and to promote a positive learning environment. Their organization attracts action-oriented parents most likely to advance school and home safety measures. Have your school's PTA discuss a school safety audit at the next monthlymeeting. The state PTA works with legislators and can advocate school and home gun safety laws.
Liz Zentner, State President: firstname.lastname@example.org (801) 261-3100
Bulletproof Kids Campaign
A public service safe storage campaign by Utah Parents Against Gun Violence and the Utah Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. This campaign urges adults to keep their firearms and ammunition safely stored away from children and adolescents.
More relevent information:
National Education Association: Educators support stronger laws to prevent gun violence says NEA poll
National Education Association: Testimony for Gun Violence Prevention Senate Judiciary Committe Hearing