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CSSRC Tools and Templates

These resources are offered from the Colorado School Safety Resource Center to assist Colorado districts and individual schools in all phases of school safety efforts.

Letters to School Administrators


Prevention & Mitigation Materials

Bullying Prevention

NEW Positive School Climate: Bullying and Harassment Prevention and Education School Resource Guide (Compiled by CSSRC) 
  • This Colorado School Guide includes resources that may help to address bullying and harassment in schools.
  • This information was compiled by the Colorado School Safety Resource Center in June 2014 and may be subject to change.
Resource Mapping Toolkit, Updated November 2012 (Compiled by CSSRC)
Bullying and Harassment Resource Links for Schools 
  • Created by the Colorado School Safety Resource Center (January 2013)
Bullying and Cyberbullying Resource Links for Parents 
  • Created by the Colorado School Safety Resource Center (January 2013)
Responding to Bullying: Tips for Educators
  • Compiled by the Colorado School Safety Resource Center (September 2013)


Discipline in Schools


Positive School Climate

Resource Mapping Toolkit, Updated November 2012 (Compiled by CSSRC)
  • Positive School Climate Action Plan Template (word) (pdf)
  • Click here for the Microsoft Word version of the document so that it may be downloaded and updated with your own information.
  • Click here for a .PDF version of the document.
Resources for Positive School Climates: At-a-Glance, compiled July 2013
Resources for School Climate Surveys: At-a-Glance, compiled July 2013


Safety Planning Team Tools


Suicide Prevention

NEW Resources for Youth Suicide Prevention and Intervention - A Guide for Schools (Compiled by CSSRC)
  • This guide includes a variety of resources that address suicide prevention and intervention for youth. It is a compilation of information and not an endorsement of any specific program or services.
  • This guide provides information resources for further investigation by a district and/or school before implementation in their community.  Any program should be considered with adequate staff training and available school and community intervention resources.  This information was compiled June 2014 and may be subject to change.
Youth Suicide Risk Factors and Warning Signs
  • Created by the Colorado School Safety Resource Center (October 2013)


Threat Assessment

NEW Essentials of School Threat Assessment: Preventing Targeted School Violence, (Compiled by CSSRC)
  • Created in November 2011 and updated in June 2014.
  • This document is intended as guidance to Colorado schools and was created with collaboration from the Threat Assessment Work Group of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center. Consultation with district legal counsel and local law enforcement is recommended. Additional consultation and template formats may also be obtained from the Colorado School Safety Resource Center, Department of Public Safety.
  • This guide includes:
    • Elements of a School Threat Assessment Process
    • The Cycle of Threat Assessment
    • Threat Assessment Inquiry Steps
    • Secret Service Eleven Key Questions
    • Selected Threat Assessment Resources



Protection Materials

Best Practices Continuity of Operations (COOP) Template for Schools (pdf) (word)
  • Created December 2013 by CSSRC
Colorado School Emergency Operations Plan Exercise Toolkit
  • The Colorado School Emergency Operations Plan Exercise Toolkit was produced in a cooperative effort by the Governor's Office of Homeland Security, Colorado Division of Emergency Management (Department of Local Affairs) and CSSRC (Colorado Department of Public Safety). It has been developed in a cooperative effort by a subcommittee of the Emergency Planning & Response Working Group established by the Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC).
  • This Toolkit provides schools and school districts a tool for a discussion-based (tabletop) test and review of emergency preparedness and response plans for a variety of disasters or emergency situations.
  • For further consultation or technical assistance from the working group, please contact the Colorado School Safety Resource Center.
  • Welcome Letter
  • Cover Page

Contents: Table of Contents

  1. 10 Steps to A Successful Exercise (pdf) (ppt)
  2. Developing Emergency Exercises Worksheet (pdf) (word)
  3. Sample Scenarios for each emergency action (pdf) (word)
  4. Exercise Plan (ExPlan) Template (pdf) (word)
  5. Exercise Agenda Template (pdf) (word)
  6. Master Scenario Events List (MSEL) Template (pdf) (word)
  7. Exercise Evaluation Guide (EEG) Template (pdf) (word)
  8. Tabletop Exercise PowerPoint Slides (sample exercise) (pdf) (ppt)
  9. After Action Report Template w/ Improvement Plan Matrix Template (pdf) (word)
  10. Participant Feedback Form Template (pdf) (word)
  11. Additional Resources 
Comprehensive School Safety Planning: Suggested Elements for Districts and Schools, December 2013 (Compiled by CSSRC)
  • This template, which continues to be updated, was modeled after the U.S. Department of Education’s (2007) four phase model of emergency planning: Prevention/Mitigation; Preparedness; Response and Recovery. This model is also in compliance with the Colorado Safe Schools Act CRS 22-32-109.1 which requires each school district to adopt and implement a safe schools plan.
  • Comprehensive School Safety Planning: Elements Checklist (pdf) (word)
  • NEW Comprehensive School Safety Planning: Elements Checklist Combined with the Six US Federal Government Agencies' Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (pdf) (word), July 2014 
Incident Command Structure (ICS) Tools for Schools
National Incident Management System (NIMS) SB08-181 and SB11-173

School Response Framework - School Safety, Readiness Incident Management Plan Outline  (pdf)

  • This modifiable 8-component checklist outlines the recommended requirements of CRS 22-32-109.1 including SB08-181 & SB11-173.  Created July 2011.



Response Materials

Response: Emergency Actions for K-12 Schools, March 2011 
  • As part of a collaborative work group effort, and recently approved by the advisory board of the CSSRC, it is recommended that K-12 schools have protocols for five basic emergency actions to help ensure safety of all individuals on school site in the event of an actual emergency or for various crisis situations: lockdown, lockout (secured building), shelter-in-place (including weather shelter), evacuation, and a protocol for release and reunification of students to reunite them with parents/caregivers after an event.

  • The document is intended as guidance to Colorado schools and recommends consultation and development of protocols with community emergency responders, customizing procedures as needed for individual school sites and developing plans for students and staff with special needs. In addition key messages include that all staff and students be trained through drill and practice, parents informed of protocols, and that schools review plans after all drills and actual events.




Staff Resource Reviews

Look here to read brief reviews of resources by CSSRC staff members to help locate resources to meet your needs.

Resources organized by release date.



The Bully-Sexual Violence Pathway in Early Adolescence  


Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Office of the Administration for Children & Families 
Post-Disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach 
Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs 
Facebook Guide for Educators
Mental Health.gov
Understanding Evidence
The Path to Violence
  • Video from PBS that first aired in February 2013.
  • This program tells a story about the effective Secret Service threat assessment program that helps schools detect problem behavior in advance and prevent acts of school violence.
  • CSSRC Staff Review, 6/11/14
Guidance for Educators Working with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students


Child and Youth Victimization Known to Police, School, and Medical Authorities
Depression and High School Students: Answers to Students’ Frequently Asked Questions about Depression
Parents Are the Key
Bomb Threats in Schools
Real Teenagers Talking about Adolescent Depression




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