Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) released the K-12 School Security: A Guide for Preventing and Protecting against Gun Violence (2nd ed., 2018) that provides preventive and protective measures to address the threat of gun violence in schools.

The Guide is delivered in two parts:  the first portion is a PDF with general security best practices and considerations in narrative format; while the second portion is a Microsoft Excel-based security survey. Together, these documents outline action-oriented security practices and options for consideration based on the results of the individual school’s responses to the survey. While the primary audience for the Guide is the K-12 community, institutions of higher education or pre-K schools may also benefit from the information presented.

The guide and survey is available on the Campus Resilience (CR) Program Resource Library under the School and Workplace Violence active shooter guides and best practices.

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