The Safe School Certification Program (SSCP) provides an innovative framework to help schools realize the necessary steps needed to make their school one of the safest in the nation. It builds upon safe school laws, helps schools implement them with fidelity and adopt best practices for sustaining safe and supportive learning environments. By taking part, schools get one-on-one support from staff, tools for school safety and the prestige of becoming safe school certified.

How To Become Certified

All students deserve a safe and civil school environment in which all members
of the school community are treated with dignity and respect

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SSCP News + Events

  • Safe School Certification Program Seeks Interns

    Safe School Certification Program (SSCP) welcomes graduate college and university level and qualified undergraduate students to serve as volunteer interns who have an interest in helping further the goals of our program. Interns assist with the daily work and implementation of SSCP programs.  SSCP will also work with students who wish to secure credit for More »

  • SSCP Advisory Team Members Particpate in Anti-Bullying Panel

    Safe School Certification Program Advisory Team members, Mary Gannon and Sue Schirmer, participated in a panel discussion covering the topic of legal responsibilities for educators when it comes to bullying.

  • Kristin Aschenbrenner Named Program Specialist

    The Safe School Certification Program has announced its selection of Kristin Aschenbrenner as its program specialist. Kristin will assist the Program Director and Advisor and will be responsible for helping Iowa schools navigate the certification process.

  • We’re Hiring!

    We are are currently looking to hire a part-time Program Specialist who will assist schools navigate the certification process.

  • SSCP Highlighted By Senator Harkin, Secretary Duncan

    Senator Tom Harkin and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently wrote an article for the Sioux City Journal regarding the need to improve school climate and end bullying. In the article, both highlight the Safe School Certification Program.