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 School Safety Resource Center

School Safety Planning​

Every school is unique, with distinct characteristics, strengths, and vulnerabilities. Effective school safety planning incorporates comprehensive, ongoing assessments of the school and surrounding community in order to design a highly customized​ plan. Learn more​...

Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Response

The goal of this website is to provide schools with pertinent information and resources for planning, responding and recovering from an emergency or disaster. Learn more...


School Safety Funding

National School Safety Center​ (U.S. Department of Education)​


Georgia's toll-free, anonymous 1-877-SAY-STOP (1-877-729-7867) school safety hotline is designed for crisis prevention. If students know of an unsafe situation in school (weapons violations, bomb threats, drugs or alcohol, bullying, etc.), they can anonymously pass on that information through the hotline, initiating immediate and appropriate action.​ Learn more...

Unsafe School Choice Option (USCO)

Pursuant to federal law, all states must develop a definition of "persistently dangerous" schools and allow public school choice for students who have been victims of a violent criminal offense or who attend a school that meets the "persistently dangerous" criteria. Learn more​...

Gang affiliation is not something that students leave behind when they enter the school building. If a gang presence exists at school, it cannot be ignored. School administrators should address gang-related issues head-on or they will fester, harm school climate, and impede the learning environment. Learn more​...

See Something? Send Something! (Digital Reporting App)

View of the See something, send something applications 

Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency - School Safety Unit​


 Contact Information


Garry McGiboney, Ph.D.
Deputy Superintendent 
Office of School Safety and Climate 
Phone: (404) 656-5669 ​

Cheryl Benefield
Program Manager
Safe and Supportive Schools
Phone: (404) 651-7179
Jeff Hodges
Program Specialist
Safe and Supportive Schools
Phone: (404) 463-7891

Find us on Twitter @GaDOESafeSchool​​