The Safe Communities Safe Schools (SCSS) model is a comprehensive public health approach designed to help schools create a safe and positive school climate by putting what we know works into practice. The SCSS model addresses the key risk and protective factors that are linked to reductions in violence, improved mental health, and increased prosocial behavior. SCSS integrates over twenty years of research into a process that meets schools where they are at, creating true partnerships and ensuring local knowledge remains at the forefront.
As part of SCSS, school partners are able to make data-driven decisions on how to address their specific needs by collecting data and using customized reports. These reports include:
- Schools’ readiness to implement, evaluate, and sustain SCSS
- Student and staff perspectives on school climate and school safety
- School team perspectives on school-wide strategies addressing school safety