Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence

Safe Communities Safe Schools

Safe Communities Safe Schools

Overview of SCSS

Safe Communities Safe Schools (SCSS) is an adaptive model for school safety grounded in community engagement, capacity building, and data-based decision making.

Safety is a product of every school’s individual climate, including settings, systems, and relationships. That is why our model supports schools to establish a diverse team of stakeholders who will collect and interpret data as well as develop, implement, and monitor an action plan specific to that school’s goals, culture, and resources.

Balancing data-driven prevention and intervention strategies, the comprehensive plan reflects both community voices and student needs. Our research-based model is designed to build a school’s unique capacity to promote social, emotional, and physical safety—because every educator deserves a safe place to work, and every student deserves a safe place to learn.

School Safety Partnership Opportunity

We are currently seeking partnerships with K-12 schools in Colorado for a grant-funded opportunity to implement our comprehensive model.

For more information, please contact or complete our online application

Our Partners

Over the SCSS Model’s long history, our team has had the opportunity to partner with schools, researchers, and local, state, and national organizations, government agencies, and legislators. All these partnerships have informed the SCSS Model’s growth and expanded its impact.

Past and current partners include:

  • National Association of School Resource Officers
  • National Police Foundation’s Center for Mass Violence Response Studies
  • National Center for School Safety
  • The Colorado School Safety Resource Center

SCSS currently partners with Safe2Tell, a live, anonymous, 24/7 reporting tool led by law enforcement, to accept reports whenever a Colorado youth or concerned adult perceives a threat to their safety or the safety of others.

CSPV also currently partners with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival on Shakespeare & Violence Prevention. This school touring project combines professional Shakespeare performances with violence prevention research. Over 92,000 students throughout Colorado have experienced this innovative program since its inception in 2011.

Our History

The SCSS Model was developed with funding from the Colorado Trust by multiple stakeholders in 1999 following the tragedy at Columbine High School. The SCSS Model’s first iteration was an actionable process for schools that integrated the Columbine Commission’s recommendations, violence prevention efforts, evidence-based programs, and prevention science to improve school safety and climate.

From 2008-2012, CSPV received funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for the development of auto-generated reports for the SCSS School Climate Surveys. To date, the SCSS School Climate Surveys are a mainstay of the SCSS Model and have been provided to nearly 200 schools nationwide.