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2019 Legislative School Safety Interim Committee

CSSRC Remarks at the School Safety Interim Committee on August 20, 2019

CSSRC Remarks presented to the Interim School Safety Committee by Chris Harms  (PDF)

The Interim School Safety Committee meeting was held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at the Old State Library State Capitol Building, Denver, Colorado. Chris Harms, Director, Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) Department of Public Safety, testified and answered questions on behalf of the Center on the Agenda: Creating Consistency in School Safety Across State Departments.

A number of the questions asked by the committee had to do with mitigating trauma while conducting school safety drills. The Center sent information about drills and trauma to the legislators after the meeting. Two of the more salient points are:

  • Many schools are no longer conducting unannounced drills but are making all their drills announced to lessen the possibility of trauma.
  • There are trauma-informed practices that can be done after drills to help mitigate the effects as evidenced.

Archived audio of the session can be found on the Colorado General Assembly Website. You can also search the archives by typing "Interim School Safety Committee" into the Search box to listen to the 2019 Interim Committees Archived Audio


CSSRC Webcasts

Sexting: What You Need to Know

Take 5: School Safety - August, 2018

This guide is a companion piece to the course that corresponds to the screencasts linked below. It was designed for in-class instruction on the course content subchapters: Introduction to the CSSRC, Healthy Relationships, Juvenile Sexting, Legal Matters, Consequences, and Conclusion. It is targeted to prevention educators of middle and high school students. It contains broad suggestions which could be adapted for younger and older audiences.

Chris Harms, the Director of the CSSRC, had the opportunity to address municipal leaders about supporting school safety. Learn more about the event in the video below.

CSSRC Update: Childhood Trauma & Schools - July, 2017

CSSRC Update: Important Things to Know as a Mandated to Report Child Abuse - April, 2017

Chris Harms, Director of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) provides a brief overview of new understanding about the impacts of trauma on children's and adolescents' ability to learn.

April is child abuse prevention month. In this brief video, a Child Abuse Prevention Specialist from the Colorado School Safety Resource Center goes over a few important things that you should know if you are mandated by Colorado law to report suspected child abuse.

CSSRC Update: Top Tips for School Safety Situational Awareness & Training - Feb. 2017

CSSRC Update: Youth Suicide Prevention: How to Recognize Signs and What to Do - Jan. 2017

In this short video, Emergency Response Outreach Coordinator Brad Stiles of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center walks through two top tips to help ensure safety at schools. One: Establish situational awareness. Two: Train and exercise.

Unfortunately, Colorado continues to rank in the top 10 states for death by suicide for all age groups. Suicide is also the second most frequent reason that our youth die. Anna Gisetti, School Outreach Consultant for the Center, has some reminders for school staff about suicide prevention this webcast.

CSSRC Update: Claire Davis Act - November, 2016

Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) Director Chris Harms provides an update on progress and implications that have come out of Colorado SB 15-213 ("The Claire Davis Act", which waives governmental Immunity for acts of school violence) and SB 15-214 (creating the School Safety and Youth Mental Health Committee to study issues related to school safety and the prevention of threats to the safety of students, teachers, administrators, employees, and volunteers present on the grounds of public and private schools.)

Letters to School Administrators

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Loveland's Hidden Hearts: District Crossing Guards, Reporter Herald, 9/6/14


Colorado School Safety Resource Center flyer   high lighting trainings, consultations and technical assistance available at NO-COST throughout the state.


The 2017 Needs Assessment Summary and the 2013 Needs Assessment Summary reflects the school safety needs that are of most interest to Colorado school personnel.


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