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 Office of School Safety and Climate

​​​​The Office of School Safety and Climate 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. This is accomplished by providing training, technical assistance, and support to local school districts and local schools in collaboration with other state agencies and stakeholders. 

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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

Safe and supportive schools are one of the most important protective factors for students. By identifying and reducing barriers to learning, particularly risk factors and risk behaviors, schools can help to maximize educational and social outcomes for all students. ​​Learn more​...


COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Schools ​​

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Webinars and Additional Information​

Pandemic Planning for Schools - Georgia DOE Guidelines and Information​​​​​

 Contact Information

Cheryl Benefield
Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator​

Jeff Hodges
Program Specialist​​​
Safe and Supportive Schools​​

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