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The SSCP framework was designed to address two key components of creating safe schools: (1) Policy: Ensuring that schools have successfully adopted required safe school laws and (2) Practice: providing the technical assistance and support around a framework of eight elements that can create policy fidelity and sustain safe school climates: Buy-In; Leadership; Data; Family and Community Engagement; Programs and Practices; Training; Student Engagement; and Enforcement.

Policy: Letter of the Law

Schools must be compliant with their state’s safe school law in order to participate. To determine this, SSCP staff performs an audit of the school’s policy, ensuring that the school is compliant with all elements of the law. If the school is compliant it is eligible for full certification. If the school is not, SSCP recommends steps the school needs to take to become law compliant. Learn more about this prerequisite here.

Practice: Spirit of the Law

A school works with SSCP staff to assess their current reality surrounding bullying and prevention within the certification’s eight elements. Each school has the flexibility and autonomy to devise ways of accomplishing each element based on the expert support and guidance they receive from SSCP staff, as long as these efforts meet the core intent of each element. An external certification team, made up of educational leaders and experts in school climate and bullying prevention, will receive artifacts and materials that demonstrate how a school has completed each element, and will provide feedback on whether the school’s efforts are sufficient. Once a school has achieved satisfaction in all eight areas, certification is bestowed upon a school and honored for its work. The 8 elements include:

  • Programs / Initiatives

    Anti-bullying and anti-harassment programs focus on the entire school environment. more

  • Buy-In

    Anti-bullying and anti-harassment programs are supported school-wide. more

  • Training

    Training in anti-bullying and anti-harassment has been provided to staff, including school investigators and students are involved through an advisory committee to offer feedback. more

  • Leadership

    A coordinating group within the school, that includes student membership at high school levels, takes a leadership role in the school’s anti-bullying and anti-harassment efforts. more

  • Student Engagement

    The school actively supports student groups that work to eliminate bullying and harassment and older students mentor younger students, etc. more

  • Enforcement

    Rules and policies regarding bullying and harassing behavior are supported and enforced. more

  • Data

    Anti-bullying and anti-harassment programs rely on data-driven decision making. more

  • Family / Community Engagement

    The school engages the community in its diversity efforts. more