Safe Schools


Keeping Wisconsin Schools Safe: A Safe Schools Initiative

On July 16-18, 2013, stakeholders from select Wisconsin state agencies and organizations gathered for a safe schools summit, sponsored by the Johnson Family Foundation, at the Wingspread Conference facility in Racine. The stakeholders developed a “framework” and related strategies that can be used by local leaders in keeping schools and students safe:

Throughout the summit, participants were exposed to presentations that provided important insights into the safety needs of schools and students. The links below connect to the presentations and materials that provided background information which contributed to the final framework and recommendations for action:


Crisis Communications Kit

The Wisconsin School Public Relations Association (WSPRA) is proud to provide to Wisconsin school districts its award-winning Crisis Communications Tool Kit. As WSPRA’s contribution to the Safe Schools Initiative, this critical emergency resource is now available free of charge.

A link to the download is available on the WSPRA website.


Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools Training & Technical Assistance Center

The Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools Training & Technical Assistance Center or WISH Center is a collaboration between the CESA Statewide Network and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as a state-wide delivery mechanism for alcohol, tobacco, other drug, violence, and bullying prevention training. The goal of the Safe & Healthy Schools Center is to provide professional learning opportunities for adults in person, online, and follow-up technical assistance. We will continue to build the capacity of Wisconsin schools to plan, implement, and evaluate the programs that most effectively prevent alcohol and other drug abuse and violent behaviors among youth in order to reduce barriers to learning.

The WISH Center Director is Tracy Herlitzke, CESA 4 in West Salem, (608)786-4838,

The four regional staff and contact information:


The Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association (WSSCA)

WSSCA was formed in 1968 and continues to operate under a mission to improve security, safety and health in Wisconsin Schools. The membership includes school administrators, teachers, school safety/security coordinators, school resource officers, and private businesses that hold either school district, corporate, or student memberships. The association provides training modules in a certificated program of study on school safety issues and practices. The association membership also provides on-site school safety assessments on a cost recovery basis of approximately $1,000. For more information on WSSCA resources or to contact the executive director, please follow the link to the association’s website


Violence Prevention Program Assessment Tool

This assessment tool is designed to assist elementary, middle, and high schools identify gaps and strengths in their violence prevention program. The indicators within the assessment are recognized as best practices in the area of school violence prevention and contain six components: School Environment, Curriculum and Instruction, Student Programs, Pupil Services, Adult Programs, and Family and Community.


Effective Strategies to Address Gangs

An online tool to address local gang problems created by the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention
Madison Metropolitan School District's Gang Prevention Program


Additional Web Sites




For questions about this information, contact Steven Fernan (608) 266-3889