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Teamwork. Perhaps the first and most important requirement in all matters of school safety.

School safety is a complex issue. To provide a coordinated and comprehensive policy for school safety in Maryland, the Maryland Center for School Safety collaborates with local school systems, law enforcement agencies, State and local government, community organizations, parents and other groups. With those partners, the Center disseminates information on best practices, programs, and resources; provides technical assistance and training; collects, analyzes, and integrates Statewide data; and promotes interagency efforts to ensure safe schools.

Following is a list of MCSS partners along with a short description of the roles they play:

Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) -- Provides leadership and coordination, and the Maryland State Interim Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jack R. Smith, Ph.D., chairs the MCSS Governing Board.

Maryland Association of Boards of Education -- shares knowledge and best practices across the State

Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center (MCAC)-- coordinates the efforts of federal, state and local agencies to gather, analyze, and share intelligence information with law enforcement, public health, and emergency responder personnel.

Maryland PTA (MDPTA) -- supports and speaks on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and before government bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children.

Public School Superintendents' Association of Maryland-- provides leadership and advocacy for public school education throughout the state. 

Maryland Association of School Resource Officers (MASRO) -- works to ensure that all officers serving in schools have been formally trained and maintain accurate data on school resource officers and where they are serving.

United States Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland-- works cooperatively with partners in federal, state and local law enforcement to promote the rule of law, punish criminals, deter crime and safeguard government property. 

Community Mediation Maryland -- advances collaborative conflict resolution in Maryland through educating the public, providing training and quality assurance, conducting research, and creatively applying mediation to social challenges.

Maryland Governors’ Office Crime Control and Prevention -- Maryland’s one stop shop for resources to improve public safety