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About MCSS

About MCSS

MCSS serves as an independent unit of State government providing grants, training, and support to public, non-public special education, and private schools throughout Maryland. The MCSS was established in 2013 to provide a coordinated and comprehensive approach to school safety in Maryland. In 2018, the Governor and General Assembly worked together to enact comprehensive school safety legislation (Safe to Learn Act 2018) and Maryland continues to be a leader in school safety initiatives.

The MCSS team promotes collaboration among students, parents, educators, mental health practitioners, law enforcement, and crime prevention practitioners to focus on the physical and emotional well-being of Maryland students. Schools across the State are committed to fostering collaboration and effective communication among school staff, students, and law enforcement. These strategies, plans, and cooperative relationships will allow schools to better identify and address the needs and concerns of our students, creating inclusive educational environments free from fear, harm, adversity, trauma, and hardship.

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Our Mission

To promote and enhance safer school communities.

Our Vision

Safe Schools

Our Vision Explained - What are safe schools?

Inclusive educational environments without fear, harm, adversity, trauma, or hardship.

Our Values
  • Integrity
  • Kindness
  • Service
  • Respect
  • Professionalism