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 Office of School Safety and Climate

Mission Statement​

The Georgia Department of Education is committed to providing a safe, secure, and ​productive learning and working climate for all students and staff in all schools through the development and implementation of intervention and prevention programs and by providing technical assistance and support to local school districts and local schools in collaboration with other state agencies and stakeholders.  

School Safety

​Being prepared to respond to a severe weather, mass casualty or other catastrophic event is vital to school safety. However, we also need to keep our schools safe from other risks such as violence, bullying, and cyber threats. Learn more...

School Climate​​

​School climate is defined as the quality and character of school life. School climate offers significant potential for enhancing both the understanding and the prevention of school violence (Welsh). Learn more...

Student Safety and Well-Being

​Identifying and reducing barriers to learning can help to maximize the educational and social outcomes for all students and support their mental and emotional well-being. Learn more...

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based, data-driven framework proven to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school’s sense of safety and support improved academic outcomes. Learn more...



 Contact Information


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

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