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About MCSS

Paving the Way

The Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS) focuses on promoting and enhancing Safe Schools through inclusive educational environments free of fear, harm, adversity, trauma, or hardship.

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.

Maryland has the strong intergovernmental and interagency partnerships necessary to develop and expand existing and new programs that will promote and enhance safety in Maryland schools and communities. We will continue to focus on developing programs to inform students, faculty, and staff on the importance of mental health issues and how to address these issues will be fundamental in improving student health and well-being. 

Maryland will be focusing on improving our capability to mitigate and respond to student safety issues through various communication strategies, state and local policies, and enhancing anonymous reporting mechanisms. Collaborating with other states and experts will serve as guiding best practices to improving Maryland’s strategies and policies around school safety and our strategic goals for Maryland include an effective multidisciplinary and coordinated local, state, federal, private, and non-governmental approach to school safety. 

On the Horizon

  • Expanded Training
  • MCSS website redesign
  • Marketing on school bus safety and tip line 
  • Standardized reporting
  • Data visualization