Ensuring Safe and Supportive Schools

School Safety Technical Assistance Center

Improving Academic Outcomes through Safe and Supportive Schools

Safe, supportive and welcoming schools play a pivotal role in ensuring students are engaged in learning and nothing hinders their ability to achieve their best in the classroom. Too often, bullying interferes with teaching and learning in schools.

The School Safety Technical Assistance Center is dedicated to helping schools and community members develop safe and supportive learning environments, thereby increasing academic success for all students.

This website is a resource for all members of the school community: board members, superintendents, principals, teachers, school support staff, students, families, individuals and community organizations. It provides guidance to support the school community as we work together to provide respectful, safe and supportive schools.

Crisis and Traumatic Event Resources for Schools, Families and Students

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has a wide range of school safety and crisis resources and translated safety and crisis resources on its website.

How to Talk About Traumatic Events and Tragedies

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Talking to Children about School Shootings

Resources for Schools and News Media on Students and Suicide

After a Suicide – A Toolkit for Schools
The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide: What We Know and What it Means for Schools
Recommendations for Reporting On Suicide

In Mental Health Crisis? Help is Just a Text or Call Away

Crisis services are available 24/7 if you or someone you care about is having a mental health crisis.

Crisis Text: Text MN to 741741

When you text MN to 741741, you will be connected with a counselor who will help defuse the crisis and get you connected with local resources.

Use Cell Phone to Call Professionals Who Can Help You

If you’re in the Twin Cities Metro Area, use your cell phone to call **CRISIS (274747) to talk to a team of professionals who can help you.
Who Do You Call Outside Twin Cities Metro Area? Find Minnesota mental health crisis phone numbers by Minnesota county.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a toll-free number: 800-273-TALK (8255).

School Climate Newsletter

School Climate News is the School Safety Technical Assistance Center's newsletter. It provides news and information about resources, training and events focused on school climate improvement and bullying prevention and intervention. The newsletters are listed below.

School Climate News, April 2018
Center releases new Social and Emotional Learning resources, once-bullied teen reflects on the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools law, bullying investigation training, Restorative Practices in Schools training and a step-by-step guide for parents on how to work with the school if your child is bullied.

Safe and Supportive Schools News - 11/16/16

  •  - 2/28/18
    Law encourages school districts to integrate or offer instruction on child sexual abuse prevention to students and to train all school personnel on recognizing and preventing sexual abuse and sexual violence.
  • Toolkit for Ensuring Safe and Supportive Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students  - 9/27/17
    Toolkit to help school districts and charter schools create school environments where transgender and gender nonconforming students are safe, supported and fully included, and have equal access to the educational opportunities provided to all students. Revised September 25, 2017.