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Delaware’s Role in Ensuring School Safety


“The safety of Delaware’s children is paramount, and Delaware’s educators and agencies work every day to ensure our students are safe when they go to school. We wanted to create an online resource to answer any questions about school safety and act as a space for you to provide feedback and ideas for improvement.” – Governor John Carney


Delaware School Safety - Frequently Asked Questions

What does the State of Delaware do to ensure safety in schools?

  • Each year, Delaware’s Comprehensive School Safety Program (CSSP) works with public and charter schools statewide to help administrators update their individual school safety plans. The CSSP assists schools with two active shooter drills and a table top exercise as required by Delaware law.
  • CSSP offers regular staff training on critical incidents including violent intruders, bomb threats, and severe weather responses. Many districts and schools arrange drills in coordination with law enforcement, school personnel and first responders to ensure staff and students are ready to respond appropriately in an emergency.

Are schools required to have school safety plans?

  • All public schools have a school safety plan that addresses numerous hazards or emergency incidents including power failure, riot or violent intruder.
  • With the assistance of CSSP, the plans are developed by school safety teams comprised of administrators, teachers, staff, law enforcement, first responders and contain detailed information specific to each school.
  • Schools are required to review, update and test plans annually through drills and tabletop exercises.

Does CSSP offer violent intruder training and drills in schools?

  • The CSSP works with schools to conduct active shooter training and drills. Schools must complete two active shooter drills annually. The CSSP conducts table top exercises with school personnel and offers online training as well.

How are students informed about the proper response during an emergency?

  • CSSP offers educational materials for students providing a safe and effective forum for teachers to talk with students about emergency response. Districts and Charter Schools partner with law enforcement agencies in drills teaching students how to best respond. Question and answer sessions are held immediately after the drill to give students an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns. The drills and discussions help build confidence in the student’s ability to respond in an emergency situation.

Do schools have security officers?

  • Many school districts have School Resource Officers (SROs) or constables. Schools without a dedicated officer assigned have a strong partnership with their local law enforcement agency. The decision to have on site security or law enforcement is determined by the school district.

Does CSSP provide any additional training for school safety?

  • In addition to the online training available to school personnel, the CSSP hosts a variety of training seminars for SROs, constables and school staff. This summer, the CSSP will host a School Safety Symposium instructed by national school security experts and local partners from the Department of Education and law enforcement. CSSP will also host advanced training for SROs.

For more information, please contact:

Appoquinimink: 302-376-4128
Brandywine: 302-793-5000
Caesar Rodney: 302-698-4800
Cape Henlopen: 302-645-6686
Capital: 302-672-1500
Christina: 302-552-2630
Colonial: 302-323-2710
Delmar: 302-846-9544
Indian River: 302-436-1019
Lake Forest: 302-284-3020
Milford: 302-422-1607
NCCVT: 302-995-8051
POLYTECH: 302-697-2170
Red Clay Consolidated: 302-552-3710
Seaford: 302-629-4587
Smyrna: 302-653-8585
Sussex Tech: 302-856-2542
Woodbridge: 302-337-7990

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